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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 #9 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Glenwood, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

The gardens and greenhouses are wonderful. Mrs. Post's home has to be seen to be believed that there was such an elegant life style in the 20th century. The exhibits are changed frequently and are so well-done - a true treasure.

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Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The Hillwood Museum is Margorie Merriweather Post's gift to Washington DC. Tour the house and see an amazing number of items from Tsarist Russia, including two Faberge eggs, some of Marjorie's amazing jewelry, and a dining room that is incredibly ornate. The gardens are lovely, particularly the Japanese garden, which has little statues hidden all over. There is a very... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Quite an estate exhibiting the often beautiful and ridiculous whims of an American "aristocrat." At least she bequeathed the property for the pleasure of the lower classes. A portrait of the esteemed Ms. Merriweather can be seen in practically every room. The 1% of the 1%, as she wondered the world plundering art for her estate during a time when... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place was so spectacular that we bought a family membership. The grounds are beautiful and the house has museum quality pieces. Don't miss

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Take the self-guided tour with headphones. Gardens are amazing. Orchids are stunning. The house is incredible and full of so much-a treat for the eyes and a view into the life of a fascinating woman.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Beautiful gardens well kept up, with a time frozen mansion. How they used to live, fascinating because of the owners collections and history. Learning a little of the history before you go helps if you are going to tour the mansion.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It's probably just me (and my equally quirky husband) but there's something about looking at the endless piles of pricey, dust-catching trinkets our oh-so-lauded 1% collect and then put on public display after their otherwise uninteresting lives that never ceases to amuse. In this "museum" we're treated to a quintessentially American Heiress's vast collection of crap including her endless obsession... More

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Sacramento CA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Hill wood is not as famous as some of the others sights in DC but this is well worth the time if you like Russian & French art work and touring a fabulous estate. The Faberge eggs were just exquisite as well as the exquisitely appointed rooms of the mansion. The collections of Mrs. Post while she was married to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Ideal for a sunny warm day. Bring a taste for French and Russian imperial art, midcentury kitchen fun and pink colored toilet paper! Outside is the star attraction...gardens galore! The cafe serves amazing food and a fine borscht.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Went with a friend just this summer and it was FAB!!! Food, service, environment - everything was on point. Went today and I cannot believe in just 9 months the place went downhill that fast. It's $15 for tea and $20 if you add wine - which is a great price don't get me wrong. In June it was a... More

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