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Dumbarton Oaks

Closed Now: 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Exquisite Museum in a Gorgeous Part of DC

After years of living in the DC area, I finally managed to get to the Dumbarton Oaks Museum... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beautiful gardens designed by famous landscape architect

I spent time at this estate during my landscape architecture program at University of Maryland... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Michael J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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...more
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1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After years of living in the DC area, I finally managed to get to the Dumbarton Oaks Museum (gardens were closed - but I'll be back!). It is small, but wonderful. Fascinating collections. And free! The historic neighborhood (gorgeous old townhomes, beautiful parks) also deserves...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018

I spent time at this estate during my landscape architecture program at University of Maryland studying the design and layout of the large property. It was designed as a series of 'outdoor rooms', each with its own sense of character and place, so as you...More

1  Thank Michael J
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Amongst the bustle of DC, and nestled a few minutes walk from Georgetown lies Dumbarton oaks- a beautiful garden, museum and place to relax amongst the busier elements of any trip to DC.

Thank MrJKBY
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

We visited Dumbarton Oaks Museum & Garden’s today and it was one of the best collection of pre-Columbia and Byzantine artifacts I’ve seen; and I’ve been all over South America. The building was as fascinating as the collection. This is where the idea of forming...More

1  Thank SATX2016
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Beautifully landscaped! Nice place to read a book or have a picnic or just relax on a nice morning or afternoon.

Thank Jenee O
Reviewed 26 June 2018

The museum in the mansion holds a collection of Byzantine and Central American artifacts. The garden is beautiful with many different "rooms". It's on many levels and has some great views. But don't try to negotiate this in flip flops or heals! There are many...More

1  Thank GrouchoDE
Reviewed 20 June 2018

Lovely estate grounds and gardens — DCs own Downton Abbey. Beautiful small museum collection inside and spectacular grounds and gardens in the late Spring. If your in DC for the Cherry Blossoms, don’t miss this iconic estate at the top of Georgetown. After walking and...More

Thank Rick P
Reviewed 15 June 2018

Dumbarton Oaks is a historic estate in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.It has pretty gardens in the park

Thank lollygal
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Best viewed in the spring when the gardens are in full bloom. The museum collection is small but has many important pieces. Check the hours before you go, they have limited visiting times

1  Thank nutrinut
Reviewed 7 May 2018

It was such a nice diversion to walk through the park with its flowering cherry trees (not the oriental trees, but gorgeous nonetheless), tulips and other lovely flowers and flowering trees.

Thank Donna F
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Response from Peter S | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge
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Response from Bill C | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but most parking is on the street nearby, there may be a lot at the museum down the street with handicap space but would have to confirm.