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Hillwood Museum & Gardens

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Address: 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
Phone Number: 202-686-5807
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: Hillwood, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather...
Hillwood, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, sits on 25 acres overlooking Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington DC. Along with a world renowned collection of Russian and French decorative arts, Hillwood also features extensive gardens and special exhibitions.
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So THIS is how the other half lived!

We knew Hillwood was the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, but I didn't know how she surrounded herself with beautiful 'objets d'arts'. Her taste is not my taste, however... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
JonW64Grand
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Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We knew Hillwood was the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, but I didn't know how she surrounded herself with beautiful 'objets d'arts'. Her taste is not my taste, however despite that I would never want to live with any of her amazing Russian icons, royal portraits, French furniture, or decorative porcelain, I love seeing how Mrs. Post lived with... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Hillwood is my favorite museum in DC. It's a wonderful gem off the beaten path of the usual DC tourist sites. I always like to take out of town guests here. The house, gardens and extensive art and Faberge collections are lovely. And the house is full of so much history including fabulous historical portraits and photographs.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Hillwood is one of my favorite places. We took both the garden and mansion tours and they were excellent--very informative about the life and times of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a fascinating woman! Flowers and trees are wonderful, Japanese garden so beautiful, her collections in the mansion are extraordinary! Well worth the price of admission! Don't miss this gem in Washington,... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

perfect size for a visit of a few hours. nice grounds, pretty gift shop. docents seem knowledgeable.

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McLean, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This museum really is a home first and beautifully displays the collections and interests of its creator, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Her porcelain, Faberge creations, Russian icons and religious objects are perfectly presented. The home is decorated in different styles...the libraries are English and the bedrooms French. There is much to see and then there are the gardens, orchid greenhouse and... More 

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Perth, Australia
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22 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

My Evergreen tour took us to Hillwood as Mt Vernon was not available. So glad. It was magnificent. The volunteer docent Kay delivered a superb tour on limited time. The Russian and French treasures were fabulous. Our visit was short and the weather was rainy so the gardens were not visited. A half to full day is recommended

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This museum offers a collection of antique and personal items from Europe, that Marjorie Merriweather Post collected during her life and travels. It gives a glimpse into how the (1%?) upper crust may have lived then. The grounds are also worthy of a small chunk of time. There is a small cafe on the grounds, and remember to stop into... More 

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Denmark
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Mansion is a very fine example of interior design of the Georgian-style. The garden was snow-covered when we were there, but I am sure it will look even more marvelous in the summer. The greenhouse is beautyful, full of orchids. The collection has a fantasic variety of tableware,dresses and much more. The kitchen is a special experience seeing such... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

So glad we visited this museum and garden, how did we miss it all these years of visiting DC? The private gardens of Marjorie Merriweather Post are a delight, especially in May when the 500 plus azaleas are blooming. The grounds are heavily wooded and meticulously maintained. Well worth the cab fare to get there ( our cabbie did not... More 

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McLean, VA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Hillwood is a wonderful place for looking at gardens and learning a bit about the past. They also have a lovely little cafe.

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