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Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
+1 202-339-6410
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Beautiful place to visit

Beautiful place to visit year-round but specially in the spring to see the flowerings. Also has a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington Dc
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Lots of fun

Beautiful setting wish the cherry blossoms were in season as they would be fabulous. In April this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charles V
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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 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
+1 202-339-6410
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit year-round but specially in the spring to see the flowerings. Also has a very impressive pre-Colombian art museum which is very unique. It is a nice place to start your day before walking into the heart of Georgetown and enjoy this...More

Thank IDC637
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful setting wish the cherry blossoms were in season as they would be fabulous. In April this would be a must see

Thank Charles V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The small museum has limited collections of Pre-Columbian, medieval and Byzantine artifacts and art work. All items are beautifully labeled and presented in the very quiet, spacious galleries. Tours are offered several times a week both for the museum and for the garden. Wheelchair visitors...More

Thank LisandroVoyager
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Museum is now owned by Harvard. Small but excellent collection of Pre-Columbian & Byzantine art & sculpture. Displayed in a tasteful way, not to overwhelm you. Free entrance. Gift shop has Fair Trade items which have no relevance to the collection, but fairly priced, too....More

Thank susanaquerida
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This free museum has carefully chosen pieces exhibited. The smaller size makes it easier to learn about the cultures. You don't get overwhelmed. A definite hidden gem. The gardens didn't open until later in the afternoon, which was disappointing.

Thank Knansea
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During a visit to Washington DC, I was able to visit Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. This inspirational landscape designed by Beatrix Ferrand makes you forget you're in an urban environment and seems to transport you to a serene English countryside. It's a great combination of long,...More

1  Thank David D
Reviewed 15 June 2017

There is litte to say. Dumbarton Oaks gardens are presently awaiting a much needed revamping. As a result the gardens have little to offer a visitor who is visiting Dumbarton to be inspired or educated by a beautifully maintained public garden. There are free gardens...More

1  Thank Copperman1
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful small museum set in a wonderful garden. A place for a little gentle time out set with beautiful and a wonderful small collection

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Dumbarton Oaks consists of an impressive collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian artwork, along with European masterpieces in the historic Music Room, all in an elegant mansion surrounded by extensive and exquisite gardens. This is a beautiful, inspiring place to visit. (The museum area has been...More

Thank marianc95
Reviewed 1 June 2017

People often miss the dumbarton oaks park which is situated behind the property and at least I accessed it from Montrose Park. Worth a visit to walk its paths and see the stream running through it. It is also part of a walk through to...More

Thank Mel B
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No. Unfortunately, one has to rely on street parking. Perhaps for events they may be more accommodating. Best time to visit would therefore be during the week....