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Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
+1 202-339-6410
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Serene, lovely garden in the heart of DC

During a visit to Washington DC, I was able to visit Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. This inspirational... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
David D
Tarrytown, New York
Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. Poorly maintained and disappointing.

There is litte to say. Dumbarton Oaks gardens are presently awaiting a much needed revamping. As a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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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 days 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

Thank David D
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Copperman1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a pleasant few hours visiting the museum and gardens in this lovely part of Georgetown. The museum is quite small but has some fine exhibits, including Byzantine and Aztec art. Entrance was free, which was a bonus. The gardens are pricey at $10...More

Thank Lakesman55
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

On the topmost streets of Georgetown, this former home-turned-Harvard-operated research facility and museum houses an interesting mix of artifacts from the Byzantine era as well as beautiful pieces from south america. There are old tapestries from the 4th Century, religious relics and ivory carvings, Aztec...More

Thank Mika L
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

We were fortunate enough to have the weather on our side, otherwise the true enjoyment of the gardens would be challenging. Since I live in the Washington DC area, my recommendations would be to visit during Spring and Fall-the summers are too hot and the...More

Thank immigration
Reviewed 9 May 2017

This garden has a lot of great features but perhaps the most impressive is the pebble garden. This large garden had small stones arranged in patterns like a shock of wheat and even the fountain had rounded stone patterns. The stone work around the pebble...More

Thank Tom N
Reviewed 6 May 2017

This Is one of the best if not the best residential garden in Washington, DC, located in Georgetown and adjacent to other parks (Montrose, Rock Creek) and gardens, it is terraced and has pools and fountains and benches throughout. It requires a lot of walking...More

Thank Bill C
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