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“Beautiful Estate with Remarkable Russian Art & Furnishings”

Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Ranked #19 of 430 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Alexandria,
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful Estate with Remarkable Russian Art & Furnishings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

I live across the river in Alexandria, VA, and love taking visitors to this hidden gem. Today it was three teenage grandchildren. It is always a complete surprise. The story of how Marjorie Merriwether Post created this museum and estate is well told in the opening movie in the Visitors Center. You can tour the mansion with an audio guide or accompany knowledgeable volunteer guides to see her remarkable collection of Russian art and jewelry, Faberge eggs, French and Russian furniture, and a huge porcelain collection displayed throughout the mansion in cases with built-in lighting. There is also French art and furniture in addition to Russian, including the upholstered swivel chair in which Marie Antoinette sat to have her hair dressed and powdered. The dining room, set to serve 16, but could serve many more, is memorable, as is the bright and cheerful breakfast nook overlooking the lovely formal garden. The gardens outside include a Russian style dacha, flower gardens to supply the mansion and cafe, a lovely Japanese garden with extended waterfalls, a rose garden and greenhouse with orchids. Words can't really describe it all. Do try the borscht in the cafe.

Visited July 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“So that's how the other half lived!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

The home and grounds are beautiful and everything is very well described and explained. I've seen two of their special exhibits and loved them both, as well as the permanent collection.

Visited September 2011
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Poolesville, MD
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful gardens and home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

We visited Hillwood Gardens on Mother's Day; the month of May was a wonderful month for a garden stroll: the gardens were in full bloom. Had a nice sandwich at the cafe. Would go back and have encouraged others to visit. Our tour guide of the home was wonderful.

Visited May 2012
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Great Falls, Virginia
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7 reviews
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“A Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

A wonderful jewel box of Russian Imperial and French 18th - 19th c. art with beautiful gardens to boot!

Visited July 2012
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Washington, DC
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65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Plenty to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Hillwood Museum is a surprisingly varied combination of sights to see. Inside, the artwork is amazing and features many Czars and artifacts from their era. Outside the gardens and grounds are beautiful. Hillwood is a great place to spend a spring day in DC.

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