Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks is a historical property in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was the home and gardens of Robert Woods Bliss (1875–1962) and his wife Mildred Barnes Bliss (1879–1969). The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection was established here by the Bliss couple, who provided the property to Harvard University in 1940.

The research institute that has emerged from this bequest is devoted to assisting scholarship in the fields of Byzantine, Pre Columbian and garden style and scenery architecture studies, particularly through its research fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications. Dumbarton Oaks also opens its gardens and museum selections to the public and hosts public lectures and a concert series.


How to reach ?

Travel to Dumbarton Oaks is easy by foot, bicycle, or public transportation.
The museum entrance is located on 32nd Street NW, between S and R Streets.
The gardens entrance is located on 31st and R Streets NW.
Public lectures take place in the fourth-floor Oak Room of the Fellowship House, located at 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW, at the corner of R Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

By Bus

D.C. Metrobus routes 31, 33, 30N, and 30S, and the Georgetown Circulator, have a stop at Wisconsin Avenue and R Street, within two blocks of the gardens and museum entrances. Metrobus routes D1, D2, and D3 stop at Q and 31st Streets, and the G2 route stops at P and 31st Streets.

By Metro

The Dupont Circle metro station (red line) and the Foggy Bottom-GWU metro station (blue/orange/silver lines) are closest to Dumbarton Oaks. Visitors may either walk from the stations, or transfer to a Metrobus: D1, D2, D3, D6, and G2 (Dupont Circle), and 31, 33, 30N, 30S, and Georgetown Circulator (Foggy Bottom-GWU).

By Bicycle

Dumbarton Oaks offers secure bicycle racks at the entrances to both the museum and gardens. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is located two blocks from the museum entrance, at Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street.


Dumbarton Oaks Timings

11:30am – 05:30pm : except Mondays

Dumbarton Oaks Fees

Entry : Free
Garden Tickets and Season Passes may be purchased at the Garden Gate.
Regular admission : $10
Seniors (60+) : $8
Students and children (12 and under) : $5
Free for Harvard faculty, students, and staff (with Harvard photo ID)
Unlimited regular season access with a Season Pass:
Single Season Pass : $75
Double Season Pass : $95
Family Pass : $110

Dumbarton Oaks Location

Research Library and Collection, 1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone Number: +1 202-339-6401
Website: www.doaks.org

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