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Renovation of the Gardens

Posted On June 29, 2017 | 10:28 am | by Press | Permalink
Dumbarton Oaks Gardens Closed to the Public from July 10, 2017, to March 15, 2018

At Dumbarton Oaks, we are committed to preserving and maintaining our historic gardens and collections to the highest standards, while incorporating technological improvements that will ensure their good repair and longevity. We are just finishing a yearlong renovation of the museum, which will reopen in late April.

The time has now come to undertake large-scale improvements to the gardens’ water-supply network, which dates to the gardens’ original creation in the 1920s. We are therefore obliged to close the gardens to the public from July 10, 2017, to March 15, 2018. We will take this opportunity to enhance storm-water management throughout the property, in keeping with our commitment to sustainability and the environment. We invite you to enjoy the gardens before their temporary closure on July 10; you can purchase a reduced season pass here. (Admission is free until the beginning of our regular season on March 15.)

These are the prorated rates for unlimited reduced season access with a Season Pass:

    • $40 Single Season Pass
    • $50 Double Season Pass
    • $60 Family Pass

For further inquiries, please write to We would be happy to put local media in touch with garden staff who can speak about the upcoming work in the gardens in greater detail.