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Hillwood Museum & Gardens

4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008 (Upper Northwest)
202-686-5807
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Ranked #3 of 252 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hillwood, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, sits on 25 acres overlooking Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington DC.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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103 reviews 103 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Wonderful artwork and collections of china, silver artifacts, Russian treasures and incredible furniture. It is a bit overwhelming but there is nothing quite like this anywhere else. It is worth spending the afternoon here just to see the gardens much less the mansion with all of its treasures.

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Villa Park, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The home of M. Merriweather Post filled with amazing baubles from her travels and life. A great chance to Faberge Eggs and amazing jewelry. The gardens are lovely and do not miss the gift shop!

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Bergen County, New Jersey
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129 reviews 129 reviews
63 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Free, if limited quantity of parking, gorgeous 22 or so acres of lovely gardens. This is very "do-able" in a few hours. Children won't be bored with the size, and older guests won't be exhausted, but it's very worth a two-hour stop. Marjorie Post collected Russian decorative arts while living in Russia, so there are several rooms of icons, porcelain,... More

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Marjorie Merriweather Post’s collection of things European rivals that of Hearst when he built a castle in San Simeon, but it is relatively more subtle and in a much more modest venue. It is nevertheless a lovely way to spend an afternoon among the treasures she collected in her fine house, then take a stroll around the lovely gardens. We... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The house and gardens are breathtaking. The guided your of the mansion is highly recommended, the audio tour is nice but do both. We ate at the cafe, small menu, and the dessert was clearly from the freezer. We all liked our entrees and the prices were reasonable too.

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Haslett, Michigan
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104 reviews 104 reviews
36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Take a docent tour of the house/ collections. They take small groups, and the docents are so well informed they tailor their talk to your interests. Also, do listen to the half hour movie if possible. The site will be more meaningful to you. And do make sure to see the Faberge egg!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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170 reviews 170 reviews
28 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Such a beautiful garden! The Japanese style was stunning and serene. The cutting garden can provide inspiration. In the green house there are several very nice orchids. The house tour offers both decorative items, and very interesting architectural details. The tour emphasis will vary by docent, so read the booklet first so you know what to look for in each... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I had read much about Hillwood and wanted to view the extensive collections that Marjorie Merryweather Post had accumulated. What I found was more than I ever imagined and left thinking what an extravagant life this woman must have had. We entered the gated property after a guard greeted us and instructed us to the location for parking. Upon entering... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Garden was in full bloom and a wonderful reprieve from the sounds of the city. The mansion was lovely. There is a great self guided tour for both the gardens, buildings and the mansion. Worth the visit.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We enjoyed our trip, which occurred during their French celebration of Bastille Day - with mimes on the grounds and a special program, a Cartier exhibit, including the clothes she wore with the displayed jewels. Faberge eggs were beautiful - Yes, you can walk from the Metro, but it is hilly, and uphill is no fun for us older folk.

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