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“A gem”

Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Ranked #19 of 428 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.
Johnson City, TN
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92 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A gem”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The General Foods touches are subtle: At the cafe the emphasis is on fresh foods, even if the management listed Bird's Eye peas as an ingredient in a salad. The old Postum ads were a nice touch, and I liked knowing that Mrs. Post, as she was described throughout Hillwood, was nourished by Grape-Nuts at breakfast.

The old dining room from Post's South Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, has been re-created here in all its lavish detail. The house and gardens aren't the only attractions. The self-guided tour includes an exhibit on Post's sprawling Adirondacks getaway, Camp Topridge, where she entertained invited guests.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Silver Spring, Maryland
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32 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

This place is little known and visited even by locals . I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes beautiful gardens and mansion of someone who was an ardent collector of unique and exquisite things from all over the world(majority from Russia where the heiress spent time as diplomat's wife). This is the estate of the heiress of Post ( cereal company)which is a museum. Great way to enjoy a day in the midst of nature.

Visited October 2012
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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164 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A life well lived”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Enjoyed a beautiful Sunday visit to Hillwood Estates and Tea service at the Cafe. It's only available during limited Sunday's but it was so worth the wait. The Mansion shows beautiful and although a museum, you can see how Marjorie Merriweather Post enjoyed her time in this home. Fresh flowers throughout the home. The grounds are well preserved, very relaxing and the staff is both friendly and knowledgeable. No Flash photo's permitted but otherwise, you're free to take pix and roam. The audio tour is great but I prefer the docent tours - so much more in depth and with personality. One of the docents is Russian and her view's are both enlightening and refreshing. It's a bit away from DC but so worth the drive. Enjoy!

Visited July 2013
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great way to spend a leisurely day”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Beautiful gem nestled in 25 acres of NW DC.Former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post (heir to Post cereal fortune). MMP collected exquisite 17 & 18 century French furniture, tapestries, china, etc and a wonderful collection from pre-revolutionary Russia.
the docents are excellent and they also have a two hour audio tour that includes descriptions of the remarkable gardens. Entrance cost is $15..and you can bring your own lunch and have a picnic at one of the gardens or overlooks under blue and white umbellas with matching chairs. There is also a cafe but make reservations..mostly accessible

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Go here on a free day”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's expensive and oriented toward the privileged and precious but has a few things found nowhere else - an incredible natural crystal chandelier and a great collection of Eastern Orthodox icons. THe kitchen is a state of the art for its time must not miss. The grounds make for a nice stroll.

Visited July 2013
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