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Exhibitions & News


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 and a rotating program of Special Exhibitions. European masterpieces are on view in the historic Music Room.

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

The museum will reopen on April 25, 2017. After extensive renovations, we welcome visitors to enjoy our galleries and new temporary exhibits in the Orientation, Special Exhibition, and Courtyard Galleries.

Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except for Mondays and federal holidays. Admission is free.

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