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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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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Gives a good feel of the best of Northwest DC

When I drive through the park areas of NW DC, I always feel that this area must be a great place to live. When I go to these gardens, and to Hillwood and Kreeger museums I get an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I drive through the park areas of NW DC, I always feel that this area must be a great place to live. When I go to these gardens, and to Hillwood and Kreeger museums I get an opportunity to experience how nice it truly is. DC is special not only with the monuments and federal buildings downtown but also... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has an outstanding collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. The gardens surrounding it are especially beautiful. Restaurants are near-by on Wisconsin Ave and "S" st.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

well worth a visit. make the effort. Georgetown, in general is a great spot, lots of really interesting architecture, cafes, restaurants. Highly recommend a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I visited Dumbarton Oaks last weekend for the first time, and was pleased to note that the typical $10 garden entry fee is waived during fall/winter. The gardens were still enjoyable to explore even without much planted, but must be beautiful during spring! Since the garden closed at 5, we headed over to the small museum/house since it's open until... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Dumbarton Oaks is great to visit any season but especially in Spring. The Byzantine collection is the best in the city and quite good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Tucked away in Georgetown (do it as part of trip to National Cathedral), this little gem has a very respectable pre-Columbian collection. The grounds are beautiful in spring and summer. Don't miss the rare books either.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The South American collection of art is beyond the best! What a little gem to spend the day at. The gardens are splendid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

I still have to wrap my mind around homes in large, developed urban areas -- even significant mansions such as this -- having gardens, and beautiful ones at that! Being here on a picture-perfect fall day really helps! Don't mix up the gardens with the Library/Museum (or, for that matter, the house of the same name 8 blocks away). Treat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This is a lovely old house where the United Nations charge was drafted at the end of WW II. Now the part house is on display along with the former owners' art collection. Like most folks i had heard of it but did;t know it was open to tours...what a surprising lovely spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Though Dumbarton Oaks is open only a certain time during the year, it's worth a visit. Stroll the lovely grounds, which will remind you of the English countryside, or take a tour of the house. I recommend checking online when it is open so you won't be disappointed.

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