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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Four of us visited the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks yesterday. It was a highly enjoyable experience. The admission was a mere $5 each and the guided tour lasted at least 45 minutes. The docent did a wonderful job of taking us through the property and showing us the areas to explore on our own. We were told the remarkable history of the place, a work of labor of the owners, the Bliss family working with remarkable landscape architects including Beatrix Farrand. There are at least a dozen different garden areas on the property and because of the many seasons represented one should come here often beginning at the end of March.

Today Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden Landscape, and Pre-Columbian relics. Once you are done touring the gardens go around to the 32nd street entrance and visit the extensive and well described Pre-Columbian and Byzantine collection assembled by the Bliss family and Robert Woods Bliss in particular. The Blisses once owned about 25-30 acres at the current site but sold or donated land that now consists of the Danish Embassy and an adjacent park for hiking. We highly recommend that you visit this site. After you are done, you can walk the adjacent beautiful Georgetown neighborhoods and enjoy the unique architecture of many of the homes.

TWO TIPS: There is a nice gift shop at Dumbarton Oaks that is worth the visit! And parking can be tight. If you go during the week in off-peak seasons parking is pretty accessible on 32nd street in front of the inside Byzantine/ Pre-Columbian museum. We had no trouble parking yesterday and parking was free for two hours.
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Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

The mansion houses a fine art collection and would be worth a stop in Georgetown all by itself, but the grounds are absolutely amazing.... There is a map of a garden walk that covers all the best spots, but be sure to see the pebble garden and the pool area..... during our visit there was a display of Swarovski crystals over a small pool that was just beautiful. Photos did not capture the beauty of the twinkling crystals over the pool. Very helpful staff too......

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank GinnyNM
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Dumbarton is a park, garden and museum all rolled into one. It's existed in Georgetown since 1920. Something to keep in mind is that there is no parking at Dumbarton - even paid parking, so you either need to do street parking (2 hour strict enforcement) or use the DC Circulator bus. After paying our $8 per person entry fee (worth it IMHO) you enter and are transported into a floral wonderland. From the gorgeous sculptures to the flowers to the trees to the benches to the topiaries, it's a lovely place to visit. My pictures don't do it justice. We went late summer/almost fall and there were still a lot of flowers blooming but we'd imagine going in spring would be a prettier experience because everything (trees and flowers) would be blooming.

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

It's easy to miss this museum because it competes with Smithsonian and the large DC attractions. But don't pass it by. Located in the lovely Bliss mansion, it houses the former diplomat's impressive Pre-Columbian collection in a series of round rooms. The collection is excellent, spanning both time and regions with great explanations. But it's not the only thing on display. There is also a Byzantine collection, a reading room (open currently with several manuscripts on display) and a lovely collection of mosaics. In addition there are tours of the house and gardens. It's a wonderful way to while away some time in Georgetown!

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

In the heart of Georgetown this wonderful park, garden and house is a must visit. Many locals haven't even been, but I always encourage them to - even if there is a fee.

Date of experience: August 2013
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