Why We Love Dumbarton Oaks

Founded by donors Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks is an impressive museum, research institute, and ever-evolving garden. It’s a home of culture with a fascinating collection of projects, exhibitions, and more. Here’s why we love exploring Dumbarton Oaks in DC.

Ongoing Research Programs

Dumbarton Oaks is a champion of modern research, and it supports and publishes scholarship in Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, and Garden and Landscape Studies. This adds to the programming at the facility, and provides valuable resources to young researchers.

Special Exhibitions

A product of its ongoing participation in the research world, Dumbarton Oaks’ museum is home to an impressive rotation of special exhibitions. Right now, for example, it’s showing an exhibition on Transplanting Renaissance, which examines the movement of Italian gardens in the United States, as well as an installation of mixed media sculpture by Washington artist Martha jackson Jarvis.

The Garden

Part of a fifty-three acre property, the Dumbarton Oaks Garden has been closely looked after since its construction by owner’s Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss in 1920. It’s a fantastic piece of landscape architecture and deserves to be seen by all visitors of the Oaks.

Guided Tours

As fantastic as the programming and grounds are at Dumbarton Oaks, the hospitality is equally impressive. Walk-In Tours are available throughout the week, with special hour-long explorations of the property with focuses on architecture, the garden, and museum highlights.

Music At Dumbarton Oaks

Every year, Dumbarton Oaks puts on a fantastic concert series featuring acclaimed musicians from around the world and right here in Washington, DC. It’s also home to the Early-Career Musician Residency, which provides time and resources for young composers and musicians to evolve in the classical music space.

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