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“Russian icons” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hillwood Museum & Gardens

Hillwood Museum & Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
202-686-5807
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Ranked #8 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Gardens, Museums
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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. Along with a world renowned collection of Russian and French decorative arts, Hillwood also features extensive gardens and special exhibitions.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Russian icons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

It costs a bit to visit Hillwood, and tickets have to be reserved well in advance, but it's a great place to bring out of town visitors, or even to just visit during various seasons. The house itself is packed with Russian treasures from the time that Mrs. Merriweather-Post was wife to the US Ambassador to Russia. The gardens are also great - a must see in the spring, but also nice in other seasons. They also serve a nice lunch in their tea room, so it's a good outing.

Visited April 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Urban oasis, from an earlier time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Amazing collection of Faberge eggs, bought from the Czar. Beautiful grounds and worth the trouble of booking ahead.

Visited April 2012
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“fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

Spent the day at the home of the woman who was once one of richest in America. She collected many things - Russian in origin, mainly - and loved her gardens and her orchids. If you are in DC with time on your hands, visit Hillwood. Fabulous.

Visited April 2012
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“A Window into the world of the 20th century rich”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

This is a fabulous museum--not typical at all. It's the house that Marjorie Merriweather Post (from the Postum/General Mills family) bought in 1955 intentionally to house her collection of decorative arts collected in Europe and Russia in particular. Her third husband was ambassador to Russia for 2 years, just when the communist government was destroying churches and church objects, so there are many icons and period pieces from Russian churches. Unlike museums where you walk around looking at paintings on the wall, here you are part of the experience of what a wealthy woman who loved to collect small, beautiful objects would have had by surrounding herself with beauty. The house is beautifully decorated and the audio guide that comes with the entry ticket provides background not only on the objects but the style of collecting and background on the period--first half of the 20th century. The variety of porcelain dinnerware alone is worth the price of admission. The furniture, which focuses heavily on Louis XVI and early 1920s America, is placed around the house in the way it would have been when the house was lived in. The marquetry cabinets are all over: beautiful but functional. And then there are the gardens: she wanted beauty in the flowers as well, so every small garden was arranged like a room itself. The greenhouse had orchids in bloom and there was a special exhibition in the Dacha separated from the main house which highlighted objects from the time period of the failed Napoleonic invasion of Russia. We spent three hours there and just barely finished by closing. This is a museum to visit often.

Visited March 2012
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“The most spectacular place in the DC area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Please please take this advice and go see Hillwood on a sunny day. It is a hidden GEM! I went with a group of 20 year olds who do not have the greatest appreciation for art yet they also had a wonderful time! You will not be sad you visited this amazing place, which gives you a glimpse into the life of a woman who lives oh so fabulously.

Visited March 2012
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