Dumbarton Oaks

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Dumbarton Oaks
4.5
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Hazel O
Alexandria, VA47 contributions
Nov 2021
Sting collections of pre-Columbian art, eastern Orthodox religious objects, and a wide-ranging art and artifact collection in a fabulous estate. Don't miss the fabulous gardens!
Written November 24, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,656 contributions
Oct 2021
I visited the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in October 2021. I wrote a separate review for the museum. I took the subway to Dupont Circle and walked about 30 minutes to reach Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. It was interesting to walk through Georgetown. I bought a timed-entry ticket for the gardens online which cost around $10. The gardens are beautiful. I enjoyed the Pebble Garden, the Ellipse with its fountain and the Rose Garden. I spent around 45 minutes here and then went to the museum which is a separate timed-entry ticket.
Written October 16, 2021
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Jarb1946
Washington DC, DC58 contributions
Feb 2020
Went to see their gardens and were surprised to find a very interesting museum. A historic place that is worth visiting.
Written February 2, 2020
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PRSRJS
Potomac, MD824 contributions
Aug 2019
Great way to spend an afternoon enjoying a beautiful historic home and gardens. Enjoyable for newcomers and tourists.
Written December 29, 2019
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gotboxr
Los Angeles, CA164 contributions
Oct 2019
Each time I visit Dumbarton Oaks I am in awe of the truly magnificent collection of pre-Columbian art. The museum itself is a gem, with small glass enclosed rooms that show off each item, and the outdoor gardens provide an exquisite backdrop. Each artifact is stunningly beautiful, and one doesn't need to be a connoisseur of the genre to appreciate them. The museum holds a number of Byzantine objets d'art along with special exhibits (Byzantine fabrics when I visited) that are also interesting. The gardens surrounding the museum are lovely and, during the spring, quite spectacular. My visit in the fall was not as colorful but nonetheless a lovely green respite from the very busy city and tourist attractions. Using public transportation requires a short uphill climb, but the exercise is well spent on this jewel.
Written November 10, 2019
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NikaJunie
Jersey City, NJ338 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a hidden gem, but will only be interesting to people with certain refined tastes. Basically, it is a big, early 19th century country house set in a large, extraordinary garden. It contains a small museum dedicated to Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. Musical events and lectures are often held here and it is a center of active scholarship, an enclave of Harvard University. These areas do not form a coherent whole but, rather, reflect the interests of the donors. If you are drawn to landscaping, Byzantium, or the ancient Americas you should not miss Dumbarton Oaks. There is a good bookshop/gift shop. Opening hours are limited, so plan ahead.
Written October 15, 2019
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richardjwaksman
Pleasantville, NY240 contributions
Aug 2019
This less popular D.C. attraction should get more visitors. It is a wonderful mansion that contains a world class collection of pre-Colombian and Byzantine art and artifacts. In addition the grounds and gardens are spectacular. Go when the weather is nice.
Written September 4, 2019
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Lscottie
Pagosa Springs, CO338 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I walked through here on a walking tour of Georgetown. Beautiful estate and great history. Easy to do in an hour.
Written July 4, 2019
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Trekkingandmore
Hanover, United States70 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Well designed and maintained gardens with majestic trees, many separate spaces. Only regret is that admission is not cheaper so locals could enjoy.
Written June 25, 2019
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Lovicarious
Washington DC, DC18 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Dumbarton Oaks garden is pure magic. I was so blown away by how beautiful the estate is. The draping purple wisteria and climbing ivy, the enchanting rosebuds and boxwood, the ornamental vases and statues....everything about the place made me feel like I was in a scene of Alice in Wonderland or maybe The Secret Garden.

I have lived right outside of DC for 33 years and never even knew this existed until recently. Dumbarton Oaks is truly a gem hidden in the middle of Georgetown. Make sure not to miss the free museum while you are there!
Written June 18, 2019
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