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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  • September 29, 2017
    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 a...  more »
  • September 13, 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 f...  more »
  • September 4, 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 ...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Amazing, beautiful gardens with a great art museum inside. Worth it for the gardens alone, it's absolutely wonderful.
  • May 1, 2016
    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.
  • September 13, 2015
    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.
  • November 16, 2015
    Amazing gardens, pond amphitheater, and plenty of walking will keep you busy and glad you came. The rose garden is magnificent.
  • June 7, 2016
    One of the nicest place in DC. Just beautiful.

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