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“Hidden Gem”

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Ranked #10 of 466 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.
Reviewed December 24, 2011

Visit in spring or hiloiday time to see this hiiden gem in DC's museum lineup. Full of goodies, including a huge Russian collection including Sevres, Faberge and more...make reservations well in advance.

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Reviewed December 17, 2011

Hillwood was the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune. (Yes, there's a lot of money in Shredded Wheat.) The home that is now Hillwood was built in the 1920s, and Post bought it 1955 with the intention of turning it into the museum it is today. Several rooms are given over to Post's extensive collection Russian antiquities, while others - including the formal dining room, kitchen and bedrooms - have been preserved in their 1960s splendor.

I visited in December 2011. The self-guided tour starts with a short film in the visitors center. Admission includes the audio tour, which I highly recommend. The house was decorated for Christmas and the formal dining room was laid out just as it was for a dinner to celebrate the 1966 wedding of Post's daughter Dina Merrill and Cliff Robertson.

The Russian antiquities collection takes up several rooms on the ground floor. It's certainly impressive, and the collection includes two Faberge eggs. The upstairs features a few guest rooms and Post's bedroom which is a veritable assault of pink. Even my date said she thought it was way too much pink.

The gardens and grounds aren't terribly extensive, but are nicely laid out. The Lunar Lawn arcs around the back of the house and features a terrace with a view of the Washington Monument. The Japanese garden is nicely done. The greenhouses near the visitor center are worth a look, particularly if you like orchids.

The cafe is small and can get a little crowded inside if folks are getting things to-go, but there is ample outdoor seating. We just popped in for coffee and a cookie to go. Both were delicious.

All in all it was a good visit, even in early winter. I would definitely come back in the spring when the grounds are in full bloom.

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Reviewed December 14, 2011

Brilliant and fabulous gardens. Must see on your trip to DC.

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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Hillwood is a throw back to a time when country estates were the getaway of the rich and this historical mansion and gardens does not disappoint. Not only is it a beautiful attraction but it conveys the history of one of America's most prominent businesswomen, Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress of Poste cereals and General Mills. You will love the tour, the cafe is a treat so make sure to have lunch or tea. Even though I went in December the grounds were lovely, I'll be back in spring to see them in full glory!

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Reviewed November 24, 2011

You can wander the estate=house/museum with an audio guide or just meander on your own and marvel at the exquisite collections and furnishings. There is a brief introductory film to watch that is very helpful to understand the family history in the gift shop building. The gardens and greenhouse are worth a stroll as well. This gift shop has a superb buyer; the items are tied to the various aspects of the collection and are fairly unique, as I've hardly seen any of them elsewhere- great for holiday shopping. Has parking, and you need not pay admission to visit the gift shop or have a meal in their cafe. If walking from Van Ness metro, take Upton, one block south on Connecticut (rather than Tilden); then right on Linnean Ave to entrance. Here's the quote from their homepage-
Founded by American collector and heiress to the Post cereal empire Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is one of the premier art collector's museums in the United States. The museum features the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia and a world-renowned collection of eighteenth-century French decorative art and furnishings. The collection includes Fabergé eggs, Russian porcelain, Russian Orthodox icons, Beauvais tapestries, and Sèvres porcelain. Encircled by woodlands, the twenty-five acre estate provides visitors a tranquil oasis of luscious formal gardens.

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