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Hillwood Museum & Gardens

Address: 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
Phone Number: 202-686-5807
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Ranked #8 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Museums
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...
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Madison, VA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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
17 attraction reviews
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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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Noord, Aruba
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Mrs. Post's estate is a beautiful home with contents almost beyond imagination, architecture, artwork, jewelry, tapestries, superlative artifacts... The home and collection is worth a visit several times a year because of the wonderful gardens that are different during each season of the year... The home has so many wonderful things therein that several visits are necessary to take it... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This delightful house and its beautiful gardens should be on any D.C. visitor's to-do list! My husband and I received a wonderful private tour given by one of my friends who is a docent there. The house was aglow in the most spectacular Christmas decorations and the special Cartier jewelry exhibit was unbelievable! We had a delicious lunch in the... More 

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Maryland
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82 reviews 82 reviews
30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Was trolling TripAdvisor.com for some ideas of things to do over the holidays and came across Hillwood Museum and Gardens. I have lived less than 10 miles away from this estate for nearly 20 years and never knew it existed! My husband and I went the next day and were completely blown away by the experience! We arrived at 10... More 

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Washington DC
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174 reviews 174 reviews
53 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Opulence beyond belief. Mansion overstates everything but the grounds/gardens are a delight and worth the admission all by themselves. Springtime is best. We were there during easter one year and it was gorgeous.

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