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  • Byz MSS Online

    Open Our Manuscripts

    Digital Facsimiles of Manuscripts in the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection

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    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. When a Special Exhibition is on view, docent-led tours 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 40 people.

Please note, no tours are offered during the month of August.

Informal tours are not allowed during public museum hours.

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