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Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC

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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. 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. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications (such as the Dumbarton Oaks Papers and symposium volumes) as well as through the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (published by Harvard University Press). Dumbarton Oaks also makes accessible ever more of its resources freely online.

The founding donors, Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, called upon future policy-makers “to remember that Dumbarton Oaks is conceived in a new pattern, where quality and not number shall determine the choice of its scholars; that it is the home of the Humanities, not a mere aggregation of books and objects of art; that the house itself and the gardens have their educational importance and that all are of humanistic value.” These ambitions continue to guide Dumbarton Oaks, but with close attention to ensuring that the Blisses’ “new pattern” retains its vitality through constant renewal.
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  • 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!...  more »
  • 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 be...  more »
  • Beautiful setting wish the cherry blossoms were in season as they would be fabulous. In April this would be a must see  more »
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  • Amazing, beautiful gardens with a great art museum inside. Worth it for the gardens alone, it's absolutely wonderful.
  • A lovely break from the materialistic bustle of Georgetown. Spring is a great time to see the many colors of the gardens and feel revitalized. The grounds are only open for a couple of hours so plan your visit well. It's a hike uphill from M St.
  • garden is a jewel in the heart of dc. details of the garden grounds show the care, attention, and love the owner and gardener put into the design / layout. next to half moon bay and the bay area beaches of SF, very easily the most beautiful place in nature I have visited. definitely worth the commute and $10 admission fee for me.
  • Amazing gardens, pond amphitheater, and plenty of walking will keep you busy and glad you came. The rose garden is magnificent.
  • One of the nicest place in DC. Just beautiful.

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