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Address: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: 202-339-6410
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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Probably the most beautiful property in DC

in the middle of residential Georgetown, a superb park with Italian villa and garden styles. I saw it at the time of the cherry blossom. We enjoyed strolling through the property... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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New York City, New York
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

in the middle of residential Georgetown, a superb park with Italian villa and garden styles. I saw it at the time of the cherry blossom. We enjoyed strolling through the property. Do not miss the small but superb museum, especially its mesoamerican collection.

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Washington, DC
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107 reviews 107 reviews
40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

For the record, I usually go to the gardens which are behind the main building and open year round. This little bit of peace and quiet is nestled within the confines of Georgetown is often overlooked by visitors. Within the main building, when it is open, holds a wonderful collection of art and delightful scenes. Do make a point of... More 

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Osprey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Spent a lovely spring Sunday here during cherry blossom season. It is a lovely walk around the gardens with many places to sit and enjoy the views. If you enjoy gardens it is not to missed.

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New York City, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

"To make then plan fit the ground and not twist the ground to fit the plan": What a modern concept! It fits perfectly within the area and it's a real deal. In May check for the rose garden. Unfortunately there is a fee, but it is well worth it.

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Winter Park, Florida
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115 reviews 115 reviews
19 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Taking a walk on a 4* day, my grown son and I came up on this park. Enjoying any reason to walk and explore, we followed the entire footpath, stopped at benches and chairs at beautiful enclaves and talked philosophy and politics. This is no dime store layed out park. This is beauty in landscape and shen fui with a... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you're visiting DC, take a break from the mall and go here. This is a gorgeous estate with wonderful gardens tucked away in Georgetown. One of the prettiest sights in DC, in a beautiful neighborhood.

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Denville, New Jersey
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157 reviews 157 reviews
72 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The collection, which comes from a private collector who owned Dumbarton Oaks in the 1920's and 1930's is obviously a collection of artifacts and art that was very meaningful to the Bliss Family. It is housed in their home as well as additions to the home so everything can be well displayed. The collection goes from Byzantine artifacts, Pre-Columbian art... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a wonderful old house with a garden which has been converted into a museum. Actually I have been here more than once, by myself and then with a student group. The house and garden themselves are lovely examples of how people lived. The current art collection is mostly oriental. It is also located in a beautiful residental neighborhood... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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220 reviews 220 reviews
31 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Dumbarton Oaks is a free museum in Georgetown. It was easy to find, and it was easy to find free on-street parking. The main draws are the Byzantine and pre-Colombian collections, which both have outstanding pieces that are well displayed and nicely explained. If you have an interest in either of these, visiting Dumbarton Oaks is well worth it. The... More 

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Orange County, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Taking advantage of the waved fee to the gardens in the winter, a few friends and I took the opportunity to explore them one afternoon. To preface, I do not know what the gardens are like during the summer; I hear they are beautiful. The experience I had was wonderful though as the gardens were somewhat overgrown, giving the house... More 

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