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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 253 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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Williamsburg, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This former estate of the wealthy socialite Marjorie Merryweather Post is stunning, with marvelous gardens and a mansion filled with her magnificent collection of Russian and French porcelain, among other treasures. You will want to spend at least half a day here, and if you chose to enjoy the excellent cafe, you would be happy spending an entire day.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Following all the great reviews we wasted an entire afternoon at this poor attraction. If you read reviews about this place be warned: there isnt much to do except stand behind the ropes and wish for the end. The gardens are the best part of this pretentious "museum". My gf and I kept waiting for this place to have some... More

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Victoria, BC Canada
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170 reviews 170 reviews
56 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Loved this place, very peaceful. Be sure to give yourself enough time to see everything as they will kick you out on the dot of closing time from the grounds.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Went here with a group of people for a tour. What a fantastic experience. The place is gorgeous and our tour guide was excellent. The home of course is the former home of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post who was a collector of various genres of art. There was a great deal of Russian artifacts beautifully including Faberge eggs. From the... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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50 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are into THINGS, Hillwood is a must. Marjorie Merriweather Post had a good eye and good taste, and her house is filled with wonderful objects, mostly from her Russian buying sprees. The Museum and Gardens are well laid-out and ideally should be visited on a beautiful day.

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Mansion was excellent full of beautiful art work and furniture. There was a significant amount of Russian artwork and artifacts due to the lady of the manor spending time in Russia. It was quite unique in that regard. The gardens were very beautiful and worth the walk through. Also there was a building full of beautiful and rare Cartier... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This was so much more than I expected. The gardens--13 acres--are spectacular and they have wonderful guided tours, or audio tours if you'd prefer. The mansion is spectacular. We spent three hours there and only left because it was closing time. If you like seeing lovely gardens designed beautifully and houses full of art and furniture, with a touch of... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This a well worth a visit if in the Washington area- just to see the signed photos on the piano, 1950s kitchen and the size of the jewellery safe not to mention the Faberge eggs and other great art works and the well kept gardens

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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184 reviews 184 reviews
73 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful all round experience. Lovely grounds, cafe and house/museum. The guide was excellent too. She told us all we needed to know and was able to answer any questions.

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alexandria, va
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I loved the grounds. As with all old "mansions" I suppose my expectations didn't match the reality of the size of the place. But that's on my and not the museum.

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