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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 September 16, 2013

Interesting tour and good gardens. A bit of a time warp but all the better for that. Get a cab as the bus journey and walk is a little tiresome - cabs are very reasonable. There is a dedicated phone to order one at the Visitors Centre.

Thank missycat_11
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We took both the garden and house tour and found the house tour to be excellent and more informative than the garden tour. That said, the serene gardens and grounds were a respite from the ornate decorative style in the mansion. Sight lines to the Washington Monument were the only way to tell you were in DC; otherwise the wooded estate could have been nestled in any bucolic location. The Russian icon room was outstanding but we particularly enjoyed the kitchen, which gave a glimpse of where the real work of the household occurred. To enjoy the estate you have to set aside a slight revulsion at the opulence and look at it as a cultural experience from a by-gone era. Finally, it would have been nice to have seen more in the way of the industrial heritage of her fortune as the heiress to the Post cereal company.

Thank equinoxWashDc
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

A feast for the eyes and at times overwhelming, this house is an absolute joy to walk around. I doubt many of us have seen such finery and so many beautiful objects in one place. Marjorie Merriweather Post has collected so many wonderful things and has really made an incredibly generous gift in allowing us to walk around with so little restrictions that we could easily imagine how it felt to stand in her shoes. Both the house and the gardens have her personal stamp and the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming. I particularly enjoyed the feeling of freedom that the staff invoke, especially being able to either bring food in or purchase it from their lovely cafe and be able to eat wherever you like in the gardens. One visit is not enough!

Thank debby t
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Have been to all of the auto baron's mansions, homes of political leaders, and various impressive museums world-wide. The more we think about Hillcrest the more offensive we find it. Lovely that she left it for others to visit FOR THE PRICE OF ADMISSION, and observe how incredibly wealthy her father left her and how incredibly efficient she was at spending his money and acquiring things to leave in this personal tribute to herself. Filled with Chinese and Russian artifacts, jewelry, furniture, and art, the gardens are also quite impressive. Also displayed are parts of her several 2,000+ piece Russian porcelain place settings. Just one example of the many excessive displays. Particularly annoying was the quote posted in the replica Adirondack cabin, built on the grounds. MMP's guests and daughter wax poetic about how enjoyable it was to be flown in on her private plane to spend pampered time at her Adirondacks retreat. Her daughter is quoted as saying, "After spending time at the retreat it was difficult to return to the real world . . ." Really? Made us wonder if they had a clue about the real world. Do not recommend, will not return.

2  Thank Jayhawk17
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

My daughter in law and I just toured this gorgeous house and hardly had time to see the gardens! We had about 4 hours to spend there and ran out of time before we had to pick up the kids at the bus stop! It is beyond enjoyable. It is a museum but it is like walking through a house where they aren't crazy that you might accidentally touch something. We did the audio tour which comes with the admission and it worked out fine.The gardens and grounds are beautiful and certainly we could have used another hour or two.

1  Thank RHHATL
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