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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 #4 of 249 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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Shreveport, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A truly unique experience, hidden in a beautiful residential neighborhood near the heart of Washington, DC. We went in early spring, before much was in bloom, but the gardens and setting were still breathtaking. The house is not only filled with French and Russian treasures, but provides a glimpse into the life and time of Mrs. Post. It's a little... More

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Upper Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Everything about Hillwood was exceptional. I only wish we could have stayed longer. We were able to be guided by a docent who was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Mrs Post's collection is amazing and the story of her life is interesting. If there isn't one already, a movie needs to be made about her. We didn't have time to see... More

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Canberra
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109 reviews 109 reviews
26 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I was very impressed with my visit. the House and garden are astonishingly beautiful. The house was originally Marjorie Post's home but she created it to be like a museum - she just lived with extraordinary antiques. her story of living in Europe and collecting is fabulous too - and led to the vast collection of crockery! There is a... More

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Boston, MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Great collection of French and Russian decorative arts, china, paintings, etc., lovely house and beautiful gardens. I enjoy French and Russian history as well as old houses, so this was like stepping into a home of an old friend. Having grown up near the mansions in Newport, and the Frick is one of my favorite places to visit in NYC,... More

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Washington, DC
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a great old house that was owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, who was wealthy and well connected in Washington, DC. She traveled widely and while living in the Soviet Union from 1937 to 1938 purchased tons of Russian artworks and decorative items that were being sold by Stalin's government. These and other beautiful things are on display at... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Wonderful property, filled with beautiful things and the story behind the collection is wonderful. We loved strolling through the house and seeing the opulence that Marjorie Merriweather Post assembled. She lived her life like most of us envision someone with that wealth would live, but so few do. It's definitely a story of an era gone by, elegance just isn't... More

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25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

The free audio presentation was fantastic. It was thoroughly enjoyable and exceeded my expectations. If you like grand mansions and beautiful art and sumptuous luxury, you'll like this. It's easy to get to from the red line.

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Bradenton, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Enjoy the gardens and gain insight into the privileged life of Marjorie Meriweather Post. A thoroughly enjoyable morning.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Was running low on attractions to take my visiting mom and aunt (who used to live in DC). We all loved Hillwood and had a great tour guide.

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