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Hillwood Museum & Gardens

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Address: 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-3806
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+1 202-686-5807
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Hillwood, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather...

Hillwood, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, sits on 25 acres overlooking Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington DC. Along with a world renowned collection of Russian and French decorative arts, Hillwood also features extensive gardens and special exhibitions.

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A lost gem inside the DC area.

25 acre family estate (General Foods /Post Cereal ) located in historical area. Great Orchids in a large greenhouse and superb gardens with a view of the Washington Monument... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Decatur, Alabama
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Decatur, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

25 acre family estate (General Foods /Post Cereal ) located in historical area. Great Orchids in a large greenhouse and superb gardens with a view of the Washington Monument from the residence . It is a MUST to use the provided Tour Guide ear sets that are provided to tour the mansion and areas . Try to find and use... More 

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful!! Must see!! A hidden gem! Not crowded at all. Amazing collection of Russian artifacts. Grounds are gorgeous. Green House and orchids are beautiful. Sadly we didn't get to see everything and not all the gardens were in bloom yet. Allow for plenty of time, you do not want to be rushed here. There is so much to see and... More 

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Carlisle, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My Russian guest made a single request this visit, and that was to visit Hillwood. Almost a week later, and I'm still trying to assimilate its magnificence, not only inside the house but outside as well. The museum and grounds are impeccably kept, and whether you know anything about Russian porcelains and antiquities, or want to learn about them, Marjorie... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Never heard of this museum? It's because it's Washington's best-kept secret. Forget the lines at the Smithsonian and pay the $15. It's worth it because this place has some of the most amazing art, architecture, gardens and views in the area. And you won't have to compete with the crowds!

Thank Erin H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds at this museum are gorgeous. I would say it's one of the more underrated sights in DC. You can easily spend a full day here and it makes for some great photos. There is a charge to get in but I personally thought it was worth it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hillwood was purchased by Marjorie Post to house her collection of French/Russian decorative art, which is displayed in the mansion (lots of china, Faberge eggs, imperial portraits, ornate furniture). The grounds are immaculately kept and are especially lovely in Spring when the azaleas are in bloom. The greenhouse is filled with orchids of every description - a great pick me... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at Hillwood Estate at about 10am, opening time, with friends on Wed. 8 March. Several touring options are available on a first-come, first-served basis including audio tours, docent-guided tours, or exploring at your own pace. The registration for the timed guided tours opens at 10 am so it may pay to arrive early in the day. We took... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unseasonably warm February has caused a riot of bloom at Hillwood. This is the former estate of Margerie Merrywether Post, of Washington Post fame and a leading light of the Capitol for many years. Estate was in bloom and will be even better in March. Info indicates March will be orchid month here so check it out

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Montijo, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house,a colonial type, is surrounded by its lovely and well taken care gardens, namely the japanese garden (a must). I was really impressed with the collection of russian artifacts, jewelry and paintings. I'm sure it is the most complete collection of russian art in the US.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I save 5 stars for the real deal and this is it. This is a small mansion with surrounding gardens but it is oh so much more. First the visitor center and gift shop with very unusual and interesting items. The greenhouse with a wonderful selection of orchids and other flowers, The dining area with awesome sandwiches. The gardens and... More 

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