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“Beautiful gardens ”

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Ranked #10 of 492 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 June 2018 via mobile

Gardens are small, but lovely. The Japanese Garden is particularly beautiful. We did the garden tour using their downloaded app, which was fine.

The interior of the house is quite ornate. The highlight for me were the personal items of Catherine the Great. The taste of the estate’s former owner was over the top for me, but worth seeing.

It is a fine way to spend half a day. But frankly, I don’t agree with the TripAdvisor rating as one of the Top Ten Things To Do in Washington. I would personally rank it around 25 or 30.

1  Thank ChuckinAmbler
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I’m not sure how this got on the top 10 things to see in Washington DC. The gardens were beautiful and we took the app tour. It focused on horticulture rather than the history of Posts thought processes in developing it. Same with the house - emphasis on the Faberge eggs, plates etc. history was superficial and I left without having a feel for how this amazing woman did the amazing things she accomplished. Best - Japanese garden, and all were lovely.

1  Thank Carol L
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Not everything in DC is in the Mall area! This is great site to visit, and take out-of-town guest. It is truely interesting, and much different that the "down town" attracations. And the associated restaurant is quite good, much better than the typical museum cafeteria..
Highly recommended!

Thank courtrightkj
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Yes, this is one of the few places in Washington that charges admission. However, we purchased our tickets online and received a discount on the price. We also went on a weekday and saved a few dollars more. However, this estate and the surrounding grounds are well worth the price of admission! Marjorie Merriweather Post was a collector who loved to share her treasures with all who visited. The tradition continues, and we are the benefactors of her exquisite and varied taste in art, furnishings and treasures. There is an excellent orientation video on Hillwood's website that introduces you to the estate. Currently there is a special Faberge exhibit running through January 13, 2019. The exhibit includes items from Mrs. Post's collection a well as pieces borrowed from other collections. The descriptions that accompany each item are very well done. Docent tours of the estate and gardens are available and/or there is a very good self-guided audio tour that can be borrowed from the information desk. The audio tour includes information on the surrounding gardens.

If you are not driving, the estate is about a 20 minute walk from the Metro and through the surrounding neighborhood. There is a small cafe on the grounds.

Thank Cleomissy
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

This is place is absolutely amazing! Not only beautiful but full of history and such a pleasant place to spend the day. The "donation" that they ask costs $18, which is a bit expensie if compared to other museums in DC, but the place is worth a visit for sure. If you like art it is a must try. Check its website before you go because there might be a special exhibit going on. Also amke sure you take advantage of the the Mansion & Gardens guided tours. They are included in the price of admission.

Thank Lorrane C
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