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“Worth seeing”

Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Ranked #20 of 431 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Worth seeing”
Reviewed August 27, 2011

This former home and gardens where Marjorie Merriweather Post lived is now open to the public. We took guided tours of the gardens and the home and it is really beautiful. Hard to believe you are in D.C. She collected many items, especially Russian, and alot of them are on display. Not sure how you can get there on public transportation because a friend who lives locally drove us, but it is really worth seeing. The cafe is very good too - if you will be there at lunch time, make a reservation when you first arrive. Food is good and prices are reasonable.

Visited August 2011
1 Thank Southland
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  • Arabic first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot just minutes from the heart of DC”
Reviewed August 13, 2011

Hillwood Estate is one of the homes of heiress/philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post. With her passing in 1973, the estate became a public museum and garden. Judging by my 2 visits in June and July, this is an under-appreciated treasure. Even if your idea of fun doesn't include seeing how the uber-wealthy lived, you can enjoy the gardens at your leisure, at no charge! Marjorie used this home only in the spring and fall; I'm anxious to see the grounds during those seasons! Oh, and lunch at the cafe was surprisingly good and not over-priced, considering the "captive audience" factor.

Visited July 2011
2 Thank Linda F
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Fallston, Maryland
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wow ! Exceeds my expectations.”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

This gem in the District is lost among so many attractions. The decorative arts are without equal.

Visited May 2011
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93 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Beautiful surprise”
Reviewed June 29, 2011

I did not expect everything I saw at Hillwood. This was just an amazingly beautiful home-turned-museum. Every little detail is so interesting and note-worthy. As an Eastern-Rite Catholic, I was especially interested in the Orthodox pieces, the icons, censers, chalices and even pieces of an iconostasis.- it was all beautiful with rich history. The dacha was closed when I went, but it looked very impressive, and the gardens were gorgeous, just like the few top-notch gardens I experienced in Japan. The NW district is itself a very pretty area, but this is a real gem tucked away in a hilly residential area. You will meet very interesting people, also. I'm so glad my friend/date took me here, it was so wonderful, but he speaks Russian, so it might have just been generally very confusing if he had not been there :) I have absolutely no complaints, and hope to go again!

Visited June 2011
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Ann Arbor
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

What a break from the DC mob! An interesting, intimate experience at this home/museum/garden tour. The cafe was even good. Plan to spend a few hours here and enjoy thegarden and house directed tours.

2 Thank terri9AnnArbor
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