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  • Museum closed

    Temporary Closure

    Dumbarton Oaks will be closed on Sunday, October 5th. We apologize for the inconvenience. The galleries and gardens will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, October 7th.

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  • Seldom Seen

    A Selection of Prints, Drawings, and Decorative Art

    Until October 12, 2014

    The temporary exhibition introduces selected works of art—textiles, tooled leather, metal objects, and works on paper—that have never before been on public display.

  • Arrive Earlier, Stay Later

    Extended Museum Hours

    The Dumbarton Oaks Museum is now open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

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Through an active research and exhibitions program, the museum strives to advance knowledge, stimulate interest and engage with our collections by inspiring visitors aesthetically, visually, and intellectually. We connect scholars with art and art scholarship with the public.

The Collection and Galleries

Our galleries feature specialized collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art, European masterpieces on view in the historic Music Room, and a rotating program of Special Exhibitions.

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss initiated these collections in the first half of the twentieth century and provided the vision for future acquisitions after giving Dumbarton Oaks to Harvard University.

Admission and Tours

Admission to the museum is free. Docent-led tours of the Special Exhibition take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Please see here for more information.

Guided tours of the museum and gardens can be arranged during morning hours for groups of 10 to 45 people.

Informal tours are not allowed during public museum hours.

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