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Dumbarton Oaks

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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: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
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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Very pretty

We were here at the end of August, so not a lot was in bloom, but it was still very pretty. The love and attention that went into creating these gardens is amazing. There were so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Haddonfield, New Jersey

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were here at the end of August, so not a lot was in bloom, but it was still very pretty. The love and attention that went into creating these gardens is amazing. There were so many different varieties of trees, flowers, and vegetables. There were plenty of bees, butterflies, and birds making their home here. The well-maintained trails take... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This Jewel in the heart of the city is welcoming every season of the year. The grounds are amazing.The history is impressive.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The Museum is pretty decent and worth a quick look around! South American artefacts and jewellery aren't really my thing! But its worth a visit because the draft of the UN charter was signed in this house. And to be in the same room was awe-inspiring! The museum itself is free. The gardens on the other hand have an entry... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We lived in the area years ago and never visited this hidden gem in Georgetown. What a mistake on our part. The mansion is exquisite with gorgeous woodwork, fabrics, and artwork. Admission is free and there is plenty of street parking. Outside are the magnificent gardens which are $10 per person to view. The admission fee is well worth it.... More 

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Centreville, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A beautiful sanctuary in the middle of DC. You feel like you are out in the country. The grounds are gorgeous.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Visiting Dumbarton Oaks was a huge treat during the Cherry Blossom festival. The grounds, which are beautifully landscaped and laid out in layers, were bedecked in yellow forsythia and pink cherry blossoms. Add to that, the fresh greenness of spring and the gorgeous landscape architectural elements made for a visual feast. I highly recommend a visit to this attraction, and... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Beautiful setting and a fine collection. A great place to walk as well as see Art. Also in a great part of town and a great time of year to see the gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is such a gem, we visited the museum just after lunch and fell in love with the exquisite Byzantine collection. It is wonderfully curated and one of the first museums that tells you not only what a piece is (or is thought to be), but also in most cases why it is interesting! We easily spent a couple of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The Dumbarton Oaks Museum has an outstanding collection of Byzantine artefacts. It's one of the finest collections of late antique and medieval items I've seen and I strongly recommend it. The Music Room has several fine late medieval Flemish tapestries, and is of historical interest as the venue of the premiere of Stravinsky's eponymous concert.

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Erskine, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Having been born in the original Dumbarton (ancient capital of Strathclyde, in Scotland) this was a 'must see' for me. Beautiful landscape and so peaceful compared with the nearby city. Dumbarton Oaks House is worth a visit too.

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