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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection Museum

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A hidden jewel of a museum with Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Treasures

This is one of my wife’s favorite museums in Washington, D.C. She loves the magnificent... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Bethesda, Maryland
A Nice Surprise!

We actually came to see the Dumbarton Oaks Park, but discovered the Museum. It was amazing the... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2018
York, PA
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1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2934
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is one of my wife’s favorite museums in Washington, D.C. She loves the magnificent pre-Columbian collection, which is displayed in interconnected glassed-in gazebos, amidst a semi-tropical garden. The Byzantine and House collections, however, are also treasures in of themselves. The museum is free, but...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We actually came to see the Dumbarton Oaks Park, but discovered the Museum. It was amazing the different artifacts they had of pre-Aztec items. Some interesting catholic relics too. Lots of very old Horticulture books and some very unique first print books too on display....More

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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Many people associate Dumbarton Oaks with beautiful garden. However the Dumbarton Oaks Museum is worth visiting. The museum is small with the entrance on 32nd Street. It is know to visitors for the collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. The music room is the display...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

Last weekend, acting on the invitation of a friend, I had the opportunity to see the pavilion at Dumbarton Oaks. Built in 1963, this little gem of a building was conceived by Mildred Bliss (heir to the Fletcher's Castor Oil fortune) to house her husband's...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Walking through these fragrant and colorful gardens was a welcome break in the outdoors on a lovely spring afternoon. The forsythia bushes and flowering trees (cherry as well as Apple and crabapple) covered the hillsides. Paths wound through the grounds to various secluded gardens with...More

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Reviewed November 13, 2015

This was my first time INSIDE the Library and Collection. As a fan of Igor Stravinsky and particularly his "Dumbarton Oaks Concerto," seeing inside was a bit of a pilgrimage. Indeed that Music Room was unlike anything I could have anticipated. I might have mistaken...More

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Reviewed July 16, 2015

While visiting Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, take time to visit this museum divided into several galleries. This museum has wonderful Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Art Collections. Each area focuses on art from a different region or culture. The Byzantine Collection is a must see. This collection focuses...More

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