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“A hidden gem of a museum in a quiet DC neighborhood”

Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Ranked #18 of 458 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 1 September 2014

Hillwood is truly unique and very special. I happen to work at Marjorie Merriweather Post's first DC home, now an independent school in the Cleveland Park neighborhood, so am surrounded by reminders of her historic past. Hillwood is gorgeous, with many gardens (my favorite is the terraced Japanese garden), special exhibits (the current one of her Cartier jewels is sumptuous), a wonderful gift shop and offers a glimpse into the everyday life of an heiress who lived a very full life. Do not miss Hillwood if you enjoy seeing how the other half lived.

Thank Isabelle B
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

Loved the walk through garden, followed by the tour. The salmon salad was the best accompanied by 'Hillwood' ice tea. The Cartier exhibit was nice but the house and garden was memorable.

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Reviewed 28 August 2014

Just returned from visiting Hillwood Museum - former home of Marjorie Merriwether Post. In a word, it was fabulous! An easy trip by metro: red line to Van Ness, walk about 2 blocks up Connecticut Ave, turn left on Upton, walk about 5 blocks and turn right at the T. Free parking is available on site if you drive. $15 admission. Short film available to provide an overview before you begin your explorations. Docent-led tours in the mansion (I had Marina and she did a superb job imparting info during the 1+ hour tour of 10 rooms in the mansion). Leave time to explore the grounds and well-tended gardens. Plan to have lunch in the cafe, as well. Visit before the end of October to see the Cartier exhibit.

1  Thank Barbara K
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Beautiful home and gardens. My wife and I were simply amazed at how beautiful and well-maintained the gardens are. We have seen much larger gardens, but none as nice as Hillwood. Simply a wonderful place to visit.

1  Thank Warren R
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Lovely morning (couple hours) walking through the mansion and grounds. Admission is $15, but parking is free. It was a nice change of pace from the national museums and monuments. You have the option of doing the headphones or a live guide. The mansion was amazing, the grounds were beautiful, and the Cartier display was very cool.

1  Thank Amy P
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