Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC

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Garden · Art Museum
Dumbarton Oaks is a historic estate in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was the residence and garden of Robert Woods Bliss (1875–1962) and his wife Mildred Barnes Bliss (1879–1969).

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection was founded here by the Bliss couple, who gave the property to Harvard University in 1940.

The research institute that has emerged from this bequest is dedicated to supporting scholarship in the fields of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian studies, as well as garden design and landscape architecture, especially through its research fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications.

Dumbarton Oaks also opens its garden and museum collections to the public, and hosts public lectures and a concert series.

Dumbarton Oaks is distinct from Dumbarton House a Federal Style historic house museum also located in the Georgetown area.

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  • Went to see their gardens and were surprised to find a very interesting museum. A historic place that is worth visiting.  more »
  • Great way to spend an afternoon enjoying a beautiful historic home and gardens. Enjoyable for newcomers and tourists.  more »
  • The museum is free, but if you want to visit its garden, the admission is $10. You can buy the ticket at the gate of the garden or online. The garden is Italian style I very well designed and intriguing. It has lots of paths to go around. However, since those paths are very narrow, often rough, and hilly, I do not recommend to visit here if you have to use a wheelchair or a stroller.
  • It has been too Many years since I've been here, but like anything this beautiful, you eventually feel the pull/draw at your being telling you to come back/go back. I'll update this post asap after I return to this beautiful place:)

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