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Address: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: 12023396410
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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
Description: Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to...
Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic Gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its Museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts.
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Beautiful setting with interesting history and lovely gardens

This is a gem in the heart of Georgetown owned by Harvard University and with a wonderful pre-Colombian collection of artifacts beautifully displayed in a contemporary building... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Washington Dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a gem in the heart of Georgetown owned by Harvard University and with a wonderful pre-Colombian collection of artifacts beautifully displayed in a contemporary building and with beautiful gardens. This is a sleeper in DC.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I think that this place which I visited as a child and just went back to with my adult daughter is the inspiration for my entire life of gardening.

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MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We had been looking forward to visiting this garden for years, and were not disappointed. The gardens are extensive and well maintained. There is a nice walking map, and the paths are easy to follow. It is hilly, so you want to be a moderately good walker. The museum was a nice unexpected surprise, too. Wish the house were available... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My grandson wanted to visit Dumbarton Oaks and we are glad we took the time to do so. Although it was very hot in the Georgetown area, there were enough shade areas to cool down and enjoy the gardens. Guided tours are offered but be sure to check ahead of time is a volunteer is available. We started our tour... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Dumbarton Oaks is a remarkable peaceful spot in Washington DC. The formal garden is amazing. As an art student, I spent many days sketching and getting inspiration from the grounds. The historical residence is also worth visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Well this is a little weird. I wish to review a museum, but others are reviewing a garden at the same address. So before a start my review I will provide a synopsis of what I have seen, based on their own brochure: --------------------------- The museum is known for its specialised collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. The founders were... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We visited just before the Cherry Blossom festival in DC, so not all the flowers were up yet (I'd really love to see their rose garden here) but despite full bloom of all the plants, this is a very special, and I think a little under appreciated place. You pay a small fee to enter the grounds and roam freely.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Tucked in a corner of the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., is Dumbarton Oaks, a huge, formal garden that brings you into contact with nature and its still beauty. Especially vibrant in spring and summer, the gardens are a joy to walk through -- it will take you along many winding paths -- where you will see and sit among... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I don't say this much often when it comes to locations in the greater Washington DC area but Dumbarton Oaks is an exception; its truly a photographer's dream come true! It is both a museum and gardens so the parking situation can get a little confusing. I have not been to the museum so this review is for the garden... More 

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Suffolk, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This wonderful museum and library is not on the beaten path. No metro service. It's in Georgetown. I've been interested in visiting the PreColumbian exhibition there, and finally did it. It is a good one and housed in a magnificent bit of architecture. This is part of Harvard's holdings. I didnt go to the acclaimed gardens because of rain, but... More 

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Additional Information about Dumbarton Oaks

Address: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: 12023396410
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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