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Hillwood Museum & Gardens

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Address: 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-3806
Phone Number:
+1 202-686-5807
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Hillwood, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather...

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.

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Calm respite after days spent downtown

Treat isn't the right word, when I walked up the drive and into the cool wooded area it felt like I had been holding my breath for days and didn't even know it. The quiet and... read more

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Treat isn't the right word, when I walked up the drive and into the cool wooded area it felt like I had been holding my breath for days and didn't even know it. The quiet and coolness of the woods calmed down my entire being. This museum and garden is accessible by metro is you don't mind a 15 minute... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are fabulous; the property is very beautiful and the collection is really interesting. The owner's story (Marjorie Merriweather Post) is fascinating. I did both the garden and the mansion docent lead tours and they were absolutely worth it. The docents were very knowledgeable and very clear. After the tour we took our time to walk around at our... More 

Thank Natalie V
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The mansion is spectacular and houses collections of so many wonderful objects. The history of the Post family is interesting and inspiring. The real show stopper is the grounds and the different gardens planted there. I spent an hour wandering through them and enjoyed every moment. It's a lovely, tranquil setting.

Thank Kit2222
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Marjorie Merriweather Post bought and furnished the home and gardens that we can see today for $18-adults, $15-Seniors. She collected porcelain, especially the Royal patterns of Sevres. She also loved orchids that you can view in her greenhouse. The grounds have a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden and a Dacha [a country house for Russian displays of fashion]. The surroundings... More 

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silver spring md
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful home contains a variety of treasures collected by Marjorie Post during her world travels, with a large group of Russian icons, chalices, Faberge eggs, and porcelain. It is facinating to walk through the rooms and imagine life in such opulence. The gardens are stunning. We spent 3 hours touring the home and gardens. Audio tours, guided tours, and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's lots to see at this attraction. The mansion, with its priceless collections is very interesting as are the gardens and other exhibits. I did feel the cafe was rather over-priced - $8:80 for a bottle of beer seems rather like gouging!!

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Elizabeth City, NC
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us spent several delightful hours touring Mrs. Post's enchanting home and splendid surrounding gardens. Lavish collections of artwork, with special attention to Russian pieces, including icons. Absolutely gorgeous gardens. Do not miss the orchid greenhouse! We had a light lunch in the cafe. Beautiful setting. Note that one can see the Washington Monument from the house!

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Greenfield, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Marjorie Merriweather Post had a most interesting life and her estate reflects that. The Russian artifacts are beautiful and the gardens were glorious!

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Columbia, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful grounds, gardens and mansion belonging to Marjorie Meriweather Post, this estate showcases some of the most beautiful Russian and French artifacts. What is fascinating is that this was truly a residence in many of our lifetimes. A donation is requested, but audio/headphones are free and informative. This was a visit with no children and not a single field trip... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful place to spend the day. The Museum includes amazing 18th and 19th century French and Russian porcelain, ceramics and dinnerware, including many pieces that belonged to the Russian tsars (emperors and empresses). The gardens are gorgeous, especially right now (late April) with all the azaleas in bloom. There is a nice garden cafe on the grounds where you... More 

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