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Renovation Notice

The gardens will be closed to the public from July 10, 2017, until March 15, 2018. A reduced season pass is available.

Rare Book Gallery and Reading Room

Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book GalleryDumbarton Oaks Rare Book Reading Room

The Rare Book Gallery features changing exhibitions of the Rare Book Collection’s holdings. Displays often highlight the works collected by Mildred Bliss, who, with advice from Beatrix Farrand, acquired rare books, manuscripts, and drawings in the field of landscape architecture, garden design, and garden history.

Located beyond the gallery, the Rare Book Reading Room, was designed by Frederic Rhinelander King. Inspired by French eighteenth-century styles, it was completed in 1963. This room serves as a library reading room, as it did during Mrs. Bliss’s era.

The Reading Room is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., or by appointment.

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