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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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An Enchanted Afternoon!

The Hillwood Museum and Gardens is an extraordinary off the beaten path destination for visitors to DC! The museum was the home to Marjorie Merriweather Post a fascinating woman... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Hillwood Museum and Gardens is an extraordinary off the beaten path destination for visitors to DC! The museum was the home to Marjorie Merriweather Post a fascinating woman who collected an exquisite collection of both Russian imperial art as well as French decorative art and objects. She lived an extraordinary life, her sensibility is reflected in the collection and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum is truly breathtaking and worth the price of admission. Visit in the spring or summer to truly experience the gardens. However, the collections inside, and the house itself, are amazing in any season.

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New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My wife and I went to Hillwood because we have been to DC many times over the years and wanted to see something that we had never been to before. We saw the listing for Hillwood in TripAdvisor and decided to visit. It was well worth our time even though the gardens are not in bloom in Winter, there was... More 

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Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Was first introduced to Hillwood by a friend last Winter. Have returned 5 times...each time has been a bit different, always in a good way. The gardens are dormant in winter, but any other time...wow. Had lunch twice in the café and it was lovely. I joined and have made this the must-see for my guests.

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Madison, VA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Hillwood Mansion is one of the most beautiful, elegant homes you will ever visit! You will feel, as I did, that you've stepped back in time and Marjorie Meriweather Post will emerge to greet you at any moment. The displays, including the Russian Eggs and many different sets of dishwear, are fascinating and spectacular. I especially enjoyed visiting her huge... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

If you only have a day or two in DC, this probably won't make your "must see" lust. But if you've already seen the monuments and Smithsonian, this is a great place to visit. You don't have to pay to see the gardens, which are beautiful in spring. The house is a world-class museum that also provides insight into what... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very pretty home owned by the daughter of Post cereal. The home sits 2 miles north of the National Zoo. The Mansion is filled with art/furniture from France and Russia. You must watch your children as many displays are open. The grounds have several gardens: rose, zen, tea etc. this was a beautiful place- we spent about 3 hours

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Jamison, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Hillwood is place I keep recommending all of my friends. The Russian objects(silver, avant-garde porcelain figurine, porcelain,paintings, and many many more) is incredible. The Marjorie Post's estates reminds me the St.Petersburg's palaces.

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Rockville, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a nice cafe with very modest selection of snacks and small seating space compared to the grandeur and luxury of the museum. Outside area was not covered with umbrella's either on a sunny day. Good for a quick bite but I would not bet on it as a full lunch.

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California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Hillwood is a look into the past of a very rich woman with excellent taste. Exploring the mansion is interesting, but seeing the superb art collection is the main reason to visit--especially the huge "Boyar's Wedding" painting and the Faberge objets. I'd love to have Ms. Post's bedroom and blue dressing room. The gift shop is another good reason to... More 

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