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Address: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number:
+1 202-339-6410
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to...

Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic Gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its Museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts.

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Quiet Oasis in Georgetown

Lovely, historic gardens surrounding a beautiful home. Check the opening times before you go- they are usually only open in the afternoon. Bring a book and sit on a bench... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 19, 2017
Amy W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

Lovely, historic gardens surrounding a beautiful home. Check the opening times before you go- they are usually only open in the afternoon. Bring a book and sit on a bench overlooking the rose garden, or in the orangery.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

This is a lovely and charming, historical home and garden experience. It is located in the heart of Georgetown, near dozens of shops and restaurants. However, the actual home and garden is tucked away on a residential street, amongst some of the most prestigious homes in the area. The gardens are well-manicured and beautiful. Walking through the gardens is like... More 

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

As a private home and estate in Georgetown, Dunbarton Oaks is a historical document to 19th century gentile living. The grounds and the house are beautiful. The horticulture is breath-taking, with exquisite roses, peonies and countless others. There are parterre, fountains,arbors, walkways, grottoes, and plenty of sculptures and mosaics, in the style of European gardens. One can spend an entire... More 

1 Thank CalliopeClio
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Dumbarton Oaks is a fabulous collection of gardens of a wide variety all beautifully designed. It is a spectacular use of the grounds. When we visited it was almost the end of October and the rose garden was still lovely. It has almost 1000 roses of many different varieties. It is the largest garden on the property. The Pebble garden... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

I visited the garden on a rainy Wednesday afternoon and had the whole place to myself. Very easy to get to by public transportation but travel time depends on the frequency of the buses. I took the metro to Foggy Bottom then walked to Pennsylvania Avenue NW to get a bus (30N, 30S, 31, 33, Circulator) to Wisconsin & R... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is one of those places that makes you forget you're in an urban area...it's quite an oasis. The grounds are stunning, but several areas are under construction so I will have to come back when the construction on the pool and garden areas is finished. Give yourself enough time to sit under one of the beautiful trees and just... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

The gardens are just stunning. You can easily spend several hours wandering the various areas. Do take time to just sit and enjoy the peace and quite. The flowers still look great, so there is still time to check it out this season. The museum is currently closed, but that just means a second trip when it reopens. I don't... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We visited on a beautiful day and enjoyed the walks. Lots of climbing up and down steps. The property is terraced, and the walkways are not always smooth, so solid footwear is helpful. But the vistas are delightful--so many lovely "rooms"--and we found the openness and quiet a refreshing change from the busy city. Anne of Green Gables would have... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

The collection at Dumbarton Oaks is incredible. I spent hours there without even realizing it! Started the day at the Georgetown Flea Market and took a stroll over to Dumbarton Oaks. What a delight! The neighborhood, while almost stifling with wealth, this means that grounds are kept pristine everywhere. On a spring day, it is nice to simply enjoy the... More 

1 Thank Annie S
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Dumbarton Oaks was a large private estate, with adjoining gardens leading to a public park. Its owner, Roger Bliss, donated the house, property and his considerable collections to Harvard University as a research center on Byzantine arts and history; pre-Hispanic arts; and the theory and practice of landscape arts. That is its background. For the visitor, it is an exotic... More 

1 Thank Katharyn R

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