Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

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Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
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Historic Sites • Gardens • Art Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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T R
Cincinnati, OH163 contributions
Worth one visit. Collection inside mansion is okay. Gardens outside are better.
Sep 2021
Hillwood is worth one visit. It's somewhat hidden, and a good 15-minute walk from the nearest Metro red line stop (Van Ness - DCU).

The collection inside the Mansion was not so interesting. The gardens outside around the estate were more interesting.
Written September 7, 2021
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L L
Indianapolis, IN263 contributions
Beautiful Estate!!!!
Aug 2021
A beautiful estate. We loved the gardens, the statues, dog cemetery, mansion, and 1920's exhibit. We had lunch at the cafe, where we had lemonade with rosemary in it. Very interesting. Great place for romantic photos, particularly in the Japanese Garden on the bridge.
Written August 18, 2021
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Toni W
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
Worth a Visit
May 2021
The gardens are beautiful and the interior of the house was fascinating as well. I was here when all the azaleas were in bloom and it was really beautiful
Written June 12, 2021
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SlytherinMom
Wilmington, NC51 contributions
Beautiful secret gem
Jun 2021 • Family
The house and gardens were breathtaking. You’ll be surprised by the collection inside. Plan for at least an hour to tour the garden. There wasn’t much staff there so download the app to learn about the family and the collectibles.
Written June 8, 2021
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Meg W
Raleigh, NC138 contributions
Highest Recommendation!
Apr 2021
I have been visiting Washington several times a years for 20 years and did not discover the Hillwood Estate until this year. Sadly, I have missed an incredible experience!

We first visited the gardens and museum Easter weekend. The grounds were lovely, but flowers were not blooming yet. The museum is captivating with jewels, historic French furnishings, china, art, and abundant decorating. Eye candy everywhere! One could spend a day in the museum and never see every detail. The Russians sold off so much of their imperial heritage to Marjorie Merriweather Post (yes, Post cereal), that it’s wonder there is anything left in Russia.

We revisited in May to see the azaleas blooming and were enthralled. Just incredible!
The beautiful gardens were, like the estate, were meticulously planned and maintained.

We could seen that the gardeners were getting ready to turn spring into summer, so there will be new things at every visit.
Written May 12, 2021
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AEWCLT
Alexandria, VA48 contributions
Marjorie Post, an extraordinary woman!
Aug 2020
Today's outing was Glorious! Marjorie Merriweather Post was a powerhouse, a tour de force. Her spring and fall home, Hillwood, takes you back in time to a very elegant, luxury lifestyle of an American Heiress. Her love of French and Imperial Russian fine and decorative arts is viewed through her extensive collections. And the gardens are heavenly zen. HIGHLY recommend a visit to anyone coming to the DC area. Add this to your touring itinerary. The estate did an extremely good job with keeping guests well distanced with timed entry tickets, masks required inside and outside (except at the cafe while eating).
Written August 18, 2020
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Khoi N
Washington DC, DC2,113 contributions
Great DC museum and garden to take pictures
Jul 2020 • Friends
I've lived in the DMW my whole life and sad that I never came here before. I made reservations online and went through the entire exhibit a little under 3 hours. My friend and I hit everything from the greenhouse garden, mansion, estate, cafe, Japanese garden and outside small gardens. Awesome location to take a bunch of photos and even a photo shoot. I noticed a couple of parties had outdoor picnics or just catching some rays from the sun. The location is very easy to navigate around. Grab one of the brochure maps and just follow the directions. The pieces here are timeless and I found myself in awe as I went from room to room. Parking is very easy to find as security will help navigate you. With current Covid conditions you have to book in advance and give yourself about 30-60 minutes between each exhibit if you enjoy taking pictures. The cafe here is no joke. They have gourmet sandwiches, croissants and even frose!
Written July 15, 2020
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Tom G
Washington DC, DC105 contributions
Wonderful collection
Feb 2020
This is a unique collection of the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. The had a broad interest in art. I think her collection is mostly known for it Russian pieces. It is truly magnificent. The house is gorgeous as are the gardens. I had not been there for several years but I am glad I visited again. We spent Sunday afternoon there which was not enough and I will go back when the garden blooms for a different experience. The cafe there is fine for a casual lunch.
Written February 25, 2020
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kathymY1120SY
Vancleave, MS, United States40 contributions
I LOVE Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Feb 2020
This was my second visit to Hillwood, and it's off season, so nothing in the garden is blooming. However, the crowds are gone, and you have a leisurely tour through the house where you can spend as much time as you like viewing your favorite objects or rooms. It's a rare jewel!
Written February 11, 2020
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MelTBert
Tampa, FL8 contributions
Amazing place
Nov 2019 • Solo
I lived in Northern VA for 4 years and had never heard of this place. On a recent return visit I stumbled across reviews for this place and decided rather spontaneously to check it out. It was a wonderful experience. The grounds are beautifully maintained and I found the life of Marjorie Post to be quite fascinating. The collection of art and artifacts on display there are stunning. As an added bonus there happened to be a very well curated and creatively presented exhibit of the photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt. I only wished I knew of this place when we lived there. It’s a lovely way to spend a day. I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written January 22, 2020
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