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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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Bethesda, Maryland
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169 reviews 169 reviews
28 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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105 reviews 105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
50 helpful votes 50 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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29 reviews 29 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
27 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 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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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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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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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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