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Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2961
+1 202-339-6410
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Well worth a visit

A small free museum with displays of Byzantine and Pre-Colombian art. Even if that does not turn... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
St Albans, United Kingdom
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It's a Jewel!

Calm, serene, elegant. Beautiful buildings, art, and gardens. The Pre-Columbian art collection in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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 1 week ago via mobile

A small free museum with displays of Byzantine and Pre-Colombian art. Even if that does not turn you on, the museum itself and the way in which the exhibits are displayed is exquisite!

Thank EgbertHerts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Calm, serene, elegant. Beautiful buildings, art, and gardens. The Pre-Columbian art collection in the Museum is outstanding. It is housed in a small pavilion that is an award-winning jewel of modern architecture and was designed by famed architect Phillip Johnson. This pavilion alone is worth...More

Thank Carlupi
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Take a break from everyday DC and calm down here. Spend the morning or afternoon and just chill. In Spring the flowers are lovely, and it's just a great place to catch your breath and recharge. Good for kids, families, tourists on an otherwise hectic...More

Thank degd127
Reviewed 5 September 2017

So serene, excellent lay out, a spectacular view from any corner...this place could calm your soul. Every part of this garden is a stunning postcard view...lovely place to go back again and again and again...

Thank AbhainSaigon
Reviewed 23 August 2017

For well over 40 years, I have enjoyed visiting the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown. Often when I arrive, I am tense from traffic, but EVERY time I get ready to leave after several hours in the gardens, I am totally relaxed and at...More

Thank travelerwayne1997
Reviewed 2 August 2017

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 7 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
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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....