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Address: 1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
Phone Number: 12023396410
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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
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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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A must if you love gardens

A must if you love gardens. Dumbarton Oaks is at the top of the hill above Georgetown and worth the walk to get there through old Georgetown. Its open at strange times, so check... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must if you love gardens. Dumbarton Oaks is at the top of the hill above Georgetown and worth the walk to get there through old Georgetown. Its open at strange times, so check. The garden is great in spring and summer, but be prepared for a 2-3 hour visit as it is extensive, and take your camera.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A little bit out of the way - makes for a great spot to stroll on a spring or fall day, in particular. So many beautiful flowering trees!

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Like many other reviews have alluded to, the gardens are a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. I wasn't able to enter the actual home to view the supposedly extensive collection but the gardens were a delight, and as all gardens they had a calming effect. If in Georgetown and feeling weary do take an hour or... More 

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Cowes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the garden as the house is being updated. The garden is a good example of a planned 1920s garden. Make sure you get the booklet and follow the suggested route as it helps understand the layout. Also look out for birds and small mammals.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We will go back here over and over again - the admission price of $10/person is worth it. My husband grew up in NOVA and I've lived here since 1980 and this is the 1st time we've gone to this lovely estate. We're not gardeners and spent a goodly amount of time wondering what the plants were but this space... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A privately run museum showcasing the collections from the Byzantine era, pre-Columbian artifacts and an impressive house collection too ! The library has a great collection of rare books which are available to research scholars to study. The huge music room with its impressive tapestries - especially the huge Flemish tapestry "The Prince of Malice" from the 15th Century, wall... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Although the home is currently unavailable due to renovations, the gardens more than make up for it. What a beautiful location with each cornered turned finding a new small perfectly manicured setting with roses, trees, flowers etc creating the most relaxing setting. Take a book or iPad, relax and read to enjoy the day.

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Washington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The gardens were awesome and extremely varied; a blessing to visit! They change continually with the seasons.

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Redwood City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The gardens at Dumbarton Oaks are incredible. If you are a garden buff you really shouldn't miss it. There are many different settings, some more formal, some more natural, all very beautiful and serene. It was a welcome break from the crowds at the museums and along the national mall.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I went just after the cherry blossoms, but before the majority of the tulips had bloomed. It was still very lovely! The grounds are filled with small European style gardens. It was a peaceful escape in the middle of DC- you could totally forget you were in the city! It'd be a perfect place to bring a book and just... More 

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