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Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
+1 202-339-6410
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Most Spectacular Gardens – a Must-See

The previous year we visited the museum and did not have the time to visit the gardens so we did it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Toronto, Canada
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 8 July 2017
Washington Dc
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 2 weeks ago

The previous year we visited the museum and did not have the time to visit the gardens so we did it this time around (incidentally, the house was closed for renovation). And were we happy that we did! I know I include “A Must-See” probably...More

Thank mirole
Reviewed 8 July 2017 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 6 July 2017

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 27 June 2017

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 23 June 2017 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 23 June 2017

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 21 June 2017

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 14 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 7 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
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Response from Peter S | Reviewed this property |
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Response from immigration | Reviewed this property |
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....