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Address: 1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
Phone Number:
+1 202-339-6410
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to...

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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Lovely gardens and museum

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... read more

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Reviewed 1 week 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 per adult / $8 per senior but are undeniably lovely. If museums interest you then... More 

Thank Lakesman55
Bacolod, Philippines
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 jewelry, a gorgeous music room with a painted ceiling from the 1920's, and a rare... More 

Thank Mika L
Washington DC
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 winters too brisk. Check their website first for any updates on times/closures or renovations to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 garden was also well done. This garden provides a nice respite from the hustle-bustle of... More 

Thank Tom N
Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 and steps and has a large kitchen garden with herbs and veggies and a cutting... More 

Thank Bill C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice back-to-nature experience in the heart of D.C. We entered the free grounds through the adjacent Montreal Park. Lovely area. Makes you feel miles away from the city. We went for a nice leisurely stroll through nice, natural trails by a small creek. Would also be good for a run. Beautiful and tranquil.

Thank NCSteveT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is magical and charming. You could spend 2 hours walking around in here, and most people want to get their money's worth (10$ a ticket). We were told the garden is closed starting mid summer 2017, so go now and don't miss out! The pictures should give you an idea of the scenery.

Thank Greyjoy100
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Underwhelming compared to free parks and gardens in DC. Not many flowers. Things seem not especially well cared for or lush. If you enjoy touring gardens, try the US Botanic Garden, which is free, instead.

Thank SusiePNW
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

If you appreciate beauty of gardens, fountains, terraces, and flowers - this is a place for you. This place is so tranquil. You can easy spend 1 or 2 hours there.

Thank 649001
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

The gardens are great. There is something for everyone like water fountains, flowers, trees, pond and great green grass patches to sit. Do not miss the long field of green grass behind the house. There are lots of paths to walk on. We spent about an hour there since we did not know what the expect. Next time we will... More 

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