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Address: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: +1 202-339-6410
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to...

Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic Gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its Museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts.

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A Charming Hide-A-Way Home and Garden Experience!

This is a lovely and charming, historical home and garden experience. It is located in the heart of Georgetown, near dozens of shops and restaurants. However, the actual home... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a lovely and charming, historical home and garden experience. It is located in the heart of Georgetown, near dozens of shops and restaurants. However, the actual home and garden is tucked away on a residential street, amongst some of the most prestigious homes in the area. The gardens are well-manicured and beautiful. Walking through the gardens is like... More 

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a private home and estate in Georgetown, Dunbarton Oaks is a historical document to 19th century gentile living. The grounds and the house are beautiful. The horticulture is breath-taking, with exquisite roses, peonies and countless others. There are parterre, fountains,arbors, walkways, grottoes, and plenty of sculptures and mosaics, in the style of European gardens. One can spend an entire... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Dumbarton Oaks is a fabulous collection of gardens of a wide variety all beautifully designed. It is a spectacular use of the grounds. When we visited it was almost the end of October and the rose garden was still lovely. It has almost 1000 roses of many different varieties. It is the largest garden on the property. The Pebble garden... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I visited the garden on a rainy Wednesday afternoon and had the whole place to myself. Very easy to get to by public transportation but travel time depends on the frequency of the buses. I took the metro to Foggy Bottom then walked to Pennsylvania Avenue NW to get a bus (30N, 30S, 31, 33, Circulator) to Wisconsin & R... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is one of those places that makes you forget you're in an urban area...it's quite an oasis. The grounds are stunning, but several areas are under construction so I will have to come back when the construction on the pool and garden areas is finished. Give yourself enough time to sit under one of the beautiful trees and just... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

The gardens are just stunning. You can easily spend several hours wandering the various areas. Do take time to just sit and enjoy the peace and quite. The flowers still look great, so there is still time to check it out this season. The museum is currently closed, but that just means a second trip when it reopens. I don't... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We visited on a beautiful day and enjoyed the walks. Lots of climbing up and down steps. The property is terraced, and the walkways are not always smooth, so solid footwear is helpful. But the vistas are delightful--so many lovely "rooms"--and we found the openness and quiet a refreshing change from the busy city. Anne of Green Gables would have... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The collection at Dumbarton Oaks is incredible. I spent hours there without even realizing it! Started the day at the Georgetown Flea Market and took a stroll over to Dumbarton Oaks. What a delight! The neighborhood, while almost stifling with wealth, this means that grounds are kept pristine everywhere. On a spring day, it is nice to simply enjoy the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Dumbarton Oaks was a large private estate, with adjoining gardens leading to a public park. Its owner, Roger Bliss, donated the house, property and his considerable collections to Harvard University as a research center on Byzantine arts and history; pre-Hispanic arts; and the theory and practice of landscape arts. That is its background. For the visitor, it is an exotic... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

A must if you love gardens. Dumbarton Oaks is at the top of the hill above Georgetown and worth the walk to get there through old Georgetown. Its open at strange times, so check. The garden is great in spring and summer, but be prepared for a 2-3 hour visit as it is extensive, and take your camera.

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