AAA Editor Notes
Dumbarton Oaks museum entrance is at 1703 32nd St. N.W., between R and S sts.; the garden entrance is at 31st and R sts. In addition to a museum, Dumbarton Oaks is a research center for Byzantine and medieval civilizations studies, Pre-Columbian studies and the history of landscape architecture. An art collection includes early Christian and Byzantine artifacts as well as Renaissance Italian, French and Spanish artworks. A garden planned by noted landscape architect Beatrix Jones Farrand incorporates French, English and Italian design elements.
The original building dates to 1801 and has gained significant additions over the years. The 1944 Dumbarton Oaks Conversations, a series of meetings attended by representatives from the United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union and China, was held here and led to the founding of the United Nations.
Note: The museum is closed for renovations through 2016; the garden remains open. Phone ahead for updated museum reopening information.
Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.