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Information for attending public events at Dumbarton Oaks

Public Events

Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to provide 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.

If you are interested in tours of the museum and gardens led by our docents, please see here for more information on regularly scheduled tours and instructions for booking a group tour.

Symposia and Colloquia

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

Public Lectures

Throughout each academic year, Dumbarton Oaks hosts a series of public lectures that highlight our three areas of study, as well as 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; information regarding reservations and guest lecturers can be found on the public lecture event pages. 

Please note: Public lectures take place in the fourth-floor Oak Room of the Fellowship House, located at 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW, at the corner of R Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Friends of Music Concert Series

Admission is available by subscription only. The cost of a subscription for all seven concerts is $350. When additional seats are available, admission ($54 per person) can be arranged on the Friday before the concert. For more information about subscribing to Friends of Music and about upcoming concerts, see here.

Museum Events

These include exhibition opening receptions as well as occasional lectures and tours. Reservations are generally required for attendance. Please see the individual event pages for more information.

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