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Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave., NW (Cleveland Park)
(1) 202-685-5807 | www.hillwoodmuseum.org
HOURS/TIMESTue.-Sat.: 10:00am-5:00pm; Select Sundays: 1:00pm-5:00pm; Closed on Mondays, many holidays and other select days (see website for more details)
PRICE (SUGGESTED DONATION)Adults: USD 15; Seniors: USD 12; Students USD 10; Children (6-18): USD 5; Children Under 6: Free; Members: Free
POPULAR TIMESWeekends; school holidays
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSRose garden; Japanese garden; Faberge eggs; Russian imperial art
METROVan Ness-UDC; Cleveland Park
This lavish, and sometimes a touch eccentric, former estate of heiress and DC socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post houses an impressive collection of 18th-century art. With collections covering everything from French decorative furnishings to Russian imperial portraits, visitors can gaze at treasures like Fabergé eggs, Beauvais tapestries, and Sèvres porcelain. The mansion sits on 25 acres of land that includes a Japanese garden, a rose garden, and greenhouses brimming with tropical orchids, chrysanthemums, and azaleas. There’s also a chic little café and gift shop on the grounds, perfect for turning your visit into a luxe all-day affair.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; family; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
What girl can resist the Old World glamour of a luxurious mansion-turned-art museum? Besides the beautifully curated art rooms and lush gardens, we also love the quaint museum shop that sells everything from glossy art books to cute trinkets like Fabergé egg reproductions.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The hours. 10:00am-5:00pm is a pretty short window for viewing the grounds. We would really love to enjoy the gardens later in the day and into the early evening, not to mention on more Sundays (it is a pity that the estate is only open a few Sundays a year).
GOOD TO KNOW
Your donation includes complimentary parking and an interesting docent-led, audio, or printed tour of the gardens and mansion. Picnicking on the grounds is allowed and quite popular. There is a small café on the grounds.
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