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Galleries and Exhibitions

The Dumbarton Oaks Museum reopened to the public in 2008, following several years of renovation. The redesigned galleries present the collections in several adjacent galleries.

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The Dumbarton Oaks Museum features permanent gallery exhibitions as well as changing special exhibitions. The Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Galleries comprise individual, permanent displays that are home to the two focused collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. The House Collection of western Medieval Art is featured in the Music Room. Additional spaces, including the Special Exhibition Gallery, the Textile Gallery, the Orientation Gallery, and the Rare Book Gallery, house changing exhibitions on themes selected by the curators.

Now on View

Drink and Prosper Tile

Drink and Prosper

April–August 24, 2015, in the Special Exhibition Gallery

This special exhibition juxtaposes similar and strikingly different shapes and highlights commonalities and variations in drinking traditions across many centuries and cultures represented in the three collections of the Dumbarton Oaks Museum.

Fragments of Fashion Tile

Fragments of Fashion: Dress Textiles from Egypt

April–July 2014 in the Textile Gallery


Holy Apostles Tile

The Holy Apostles: Visualizing a Lost Monument

April 23–July 20, 2015, in the Bliss and Orientation Galleries

The Holy Apostles: Visualizing a Lost Monument, curated by the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), celebrates the collaborative scholarly endeavor initiated in the early years of Dumbarton Oaks, which had the aim of reconstructing the now lost church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.

Explore the online exhibit here.

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