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“A Tucked Away gem”

Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Ranked #19 of 457 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.
Reviewed 28 April 2014

This former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post was built to be a museum and houses an impressive collection of her "findings". When we visited here in mid April, the gardens were just beginning to come alive. I imagine they are much more impressive by the end of May, early June. The house itself is a masterpiece and worth the price of admission. The self selected guide, done through wearible computers and ear pieces, is well done and easy to use. We will definitely "find" this again to amble through the gardens and enjoy relaxing on the grounds.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Went with 2 friends to Hillwood. I was just expecting a very large house - not a whole compound of buildings and spectacular gardens, visitor's center, restaurant (excellent), and of course the magnificent house and all of the collections of Marjorie Meriweather Post. The gardens were just a few days away from the azaleas being in full bloom, but they were gorgeous anyway. Learned that volunteer gardeners maintain the grounds. We had reservations for lunch (suggest you make these WELL in advance of your visit), and the food was good and reasonably priced. The lunch/tea room is quite noisy, however, and outside tables were taken up by people just waiting for their group to re-board their bus.

Be sure to watch the film before you tour the house, and if you're not on a docent-guided tour be sure to pick up the audio tape with earphones as it really does add to the experience, and enables you to pace your tour yourself. The mansion and all of the collection defies describing. I've never seen so many dishes on display anywhere! Clearly Mrs. Post enjoyed entertaining.

Parking is quite limited, so take the smallest vehicle you have. We were fortunate enough to get the last space in the 2-level parking near the visitor's center. Otherwise there is additional parking, but gather it's quite a hike up a steep hill to get back up to the mansion.

I would love to go back another time and be part of a guided tour. The admission is quite reasonable and it's really a gem in the middle of DC.

2  Thank momE1
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

The gardens and greenhouses are wonderful. Mrs. Post's home has to be seen to be believed that there was such an elegant life style in the 20th century. The exhibits are changed frequently and are so well-done - a true treasure.

Thank Betty A
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

The Hillwood Museum is Margorie Merriweather Post's gift to Washington DC. Tour the house and see an amazing number of items from Tsarist Russia, including two Faberge eggs, some of Marjorie's amazing jewelry, and a dining room that is incredibly ornate. The gardens are lovely, particularly the Japanese garden, which has little statues hidden all over. There is a very nice restaurant on site. Getting there is a bit tricky because there are no signs until you get to the gates of the estate, but pull out your GPS and go anyway.

1  Thank Terry G
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Quite an estate exhibiting the often beautiful and ridiculous whims of an American "aristocrat." At least she bequeathed the property for the pleasure of the lower classes. A portrait of the esteemed Ms. Merriweather can be seen in practically every room. The 1% of the 1%, as she wondered the world plundering art for her estate during a time when so many had so little. Makes your skin crawl but the beauty is undeniable.

2  Thank Tirza M
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