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Dumbarton Oaks

Address: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: 202-339-6410
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Ranked #39 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Art Museums, History Museums, Gardens, Traveler Resources, Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship...
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Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Art Museums, History Museums, Gardens, Traveler Resources, Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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732 reviews 732 reviews
373 attraction reviews
389 helpful votes 389 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

You may never get a chance to really see this historic estate, but if you're in the area it's worth the time just to peek inside (or over the walls) to see a Georgetown landmark. Besides being the name of an estate, "Dumbarton Oaks" has also become a name synonymous with the 1944 conference held here that established the United... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The museum currently opens at 11:30. Free admission. They may offer tours during the weekdays. The music room is my favorite. It has a gorgeous ceiling and walls filled with spectacular tapestries. Not to mention the piano, the furniture, and the sculptures. Other rooms highlight a fine collection of Byzantine and pre-Columbian art--all types of art utilizing many materials with... More 

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Wairarapa, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I visited Dumbarton Oaks on a recent trip to Washington, DC where I was a conference spouse. I took myself off here in order to gather inspiration for our own developing garden. Alas, I missed out on the museum; but the garden itself is unbelievable. Go and see it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Husband and I only visited the free museum which has a dumbfoundingly well preserved collection of Byzantine and MesoAmerican art. The "music room" is a fun step back into an estately past - I only wish they showed more of the house. I hear the gardens are amazing and will likely return to see them.

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Milan, Italy
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636 reviews 636 reviews
111 attraction reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

very very nice garden with many interesting features and lovely flowers , something which gives you an idea of how you can feel i nthe country side while being in the heart of the city. something not to be missed on a gorgeous day like today

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Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

As others have said the museum is based around pre Columbian artefacts which you either appreciate or don't - not to my liking - but there are some very rare fabric remnants and tapestries and incredible mosaics which have been gathered over many years. The gardens are truly it's main attraction - even in October when most of the plants... More 

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Chesterfield, NJ
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115 reviews 115 reviews
27 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We had a wonderful visit to the Dumbarton Oaks. The museum was fantastic and so enjoyable and the extra cost for the grounds and gardens were worth the expense. Lovely day and experience and I hope to visit again soon!

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São Paulo
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76 reviews 76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We were just wandering around lovely Georgetown when I arrived in this state. First, we decided to visit only the garden. So beautiful - and it was a cloudy afternoon. In our opinion, the most beautiful in DC. Then we went to the museum. The collection in the main rooms, although good, it is a miscellany, lacking a focus. This... More 

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Great Britain
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Tucked up in the north of Georgetown, these gardens are beautiful. You forget you are in the centre of the city and can lose youself in the calming planting and landscapes. Very European in design.

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