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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, gardens, and collections.

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Apr 05, 2018 - Apr 05, 2018

Humanities Talk with Dr. Deanna Marcum

Apr 12, 2018 - Apr 12, 2018

Looking Ahead to the Past: An Ethnographer’s Perspective on Archaeology in the Andes

Pre-Columbian Studies Public Lecture, Catherine Allen, George Washington University


Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Studies Programs Fellowships & Grants Library & Archives Publications




Online Resources

Mapping Cultural Philanthropy

Donors and Cultural Institutions in the Nation’s Capital


Surrealism in the Garden

Thalia Allington-Wood studies the postwar reception of the Sacro Bosco

Facing Perfection

Alexis Torrance studies the human ideal of Theodore the Stoudite

Reopening of the Garden

The Dumbarton Oaks Garden reopens to the public on March 15, 2018