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Dumbarton Oaks provides several opportunities for the public to participate in scholarly and cultural events, including: concerts, lectures, and special exhibition openings. See below for more information about these offerings and, where applicable, instructions for reserving tickets.

See here for information about docent-led tours of the museum and gardens.

Symposia are open to the public but require advance registration; please see the individual event pages for the forms and information about registration fees. Colloquia are generally closed to the public.

Throughout each academic year, Dumbarton Oaks hosts a series of public lectures that highlight our three areas of study and related fields. Lectures take place in the Oak Room of the Fellowship House at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. 

Admission to Friends of Music concerts is by subscription only. To learn how to subscribe and to find out more about upcoming concerts, see here.

Museum events, including exhibition opening receptions and occasional lectures and tours, are free but may require reservations.

Three Notch'd Road

Three Notch'd Road

(The Oak Room, Fellowship House, from Dec 04, 2016 07:00 PM to Dec 05, 2016 08:00 PM)

The period-instrument ensemble presents “Bach’s American Christmas,” a sampling of the seasonal music that Johann Sebastian Bach might have heard had he settled in Virginia around 1710.

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Pedja Muzijevic

Pedja Muzijevic

(Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks Museum, from Jan 22, 2017 07:00 PM to Jan 23, 2017 08:00 PM)

Muzijevic will play works by Scarlatti, Liszt, Wagner, W. F. Bach, and Schumann, as well as selections for prepared piano by John Cage.

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Ljova and the Kontraband, with Johnny Gandelsman and Kinan Azmeh

Ljova and the Kontraband, with Johnny Gandelsman and Kinan Azmeh

(Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks Museum, from Feb 12, 2017 07:00 PM to Feb 13, 2017 08:00 PM)

In its Dumbarton Oaks debut, the Kontraband will be joined by Silk Road artists Johnny Gandelsman, violinist, and Kinan Azmeh, clarinetist, in performances of traditional and original works by Ljova and Azmeh.

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Tempest Trio

Tempest Trio

(Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks Museum, from Mar 12, 2017 07:00 PM to Mar 13, 2017 08:00 PM)

The trio returns to the Music Room this season with works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvořák.

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Fandango

Fandango

(Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks Museum, from Apr 02, 2017 07:00 PM to Apr 03, 2017 08:00 PM)

Fandango’s Washington, D.C., debut includes works by Haydn, Granados, Falla, and Boccherini, as well as Sephardic-based works by Alan Thomas and Carlos Rivera.

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