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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Annie S
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New Haven, Connecticut
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

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 June 29, 2016

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 June 25, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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