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“A delightful oasis”
Review of Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks
Ranked #59 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 10, 2012

The gardens are large and well-tended, with many nooks and seating areas appropriate for dreaming. Views from the terraces across the gardens and the city are memorable. And the trees are astonishing. I also love the little museum (free!) with its well curated and excellent examples of Mayan and Byzantine art. Museum shop is nice too.

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Dumbarton Museum and Garden are in a beautiful residential section of Georgetown. If using public transportation you will need to catch a bus (Metro or Ciculator). The museum's collection of Byzantine art is large but only a small amount is on display. What is on display is of excellent quality, and makes one want to see more. The pre-Columbian collection is also excellent and displayed so that visitors can learn about the different societies and examine the similarities and differences in art and artifacts between the societies. After October 31st, visiting the garden is free. I am sure that the gardens are lovely in spring and summer; but they are also pleasant in the fall. Despite the chilly day we walked the gardens paths and enjoyed the peacefulness. In all the museum and gardens are a wonderful destination.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

The museum is small, but the quality of exhibition is very good. It concentrates on Byzantium art and has some high quality artifacts. Still, I would not recommend it if not the beautiful building itself and small, but beautiful park very close to the heart of Georgetown. It is a nice break from hectic shopping on M street and Wisconsin Ave.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We do not usually search out gardens, but if you are in the area, I would highly recommend a stop here. We did a self-guided tour that was very enjoyable. The landscaping, layout design and flora are exceptional. If you are in Georgetown, don't miss it.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We went to the museum, which is free although it has limited hours. We had no trouble finding on street parking. You get two hours, and not a second more or you will get a ticket ($35) but you can easily see everything in less than that time.

On Saturdays they have a special tour of the house which is free but limited to 15 people. Its interesting and you can also view the gardens from the windows. The gardens are not free of charge,

The artwork on display was from 900 BC to 500AD approximately, yet it was all in such good condition that you would never guess the age.

We went with 3 teenagers, and we all found this interesting. You could try your hand at stone sculpting, see 2000 year old bling, chuckle at some absurdities, or just appreciate the intrinsic quality of the artwork and craftsmanship.

They didn't seem to mind photography.

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