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Book a Group Tour

If you have a group of between 10 and 30 people, personalize your visit with a tour of the museum’s collections, an exclusive visit to the gardens, or a tour of museum and gardens highlights.

General Information

Morning docent-led tours are available for the museum’s collections and the gardens, and afternoon tours for the gardens only. Please submit the online form one month in advance of your requested tour date.

Please note, from Tuesday, May 17 through Wednesday, November 30, 2016, guided tours of the museum will not be offered. During this time, except for the month of August, afternoon guided tours of the gardens will continue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Morning Tour Request Form (museum and gardens)

Afternoon Tour Request Form (gardens only)

The fee for the tour is $10 per person. To hold your reservation, a $100 deposit is requested. This deposit is non-refundable and is applicable to the total. Final payment is required two weeks in advance and the payment is not refundable.

Tours for schools, as well as college or university students are free with a formal request for the tour by email or letterhead.

The length of a tour can be up to 90 minutes. If the tour includes the gardens, please advise your members to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear sturdy walking shoes or a hat for sunshine.

Tour requests are based on availability and will be booked in the order in which they are received. Please understand that submitting a tour request form is not a confirmation of your reservation. The docent program coordinator will contact you to confirm the tour.

Tour Options

You can select any one of the following options for morning tours. Only the Gardens option is available for afternoon tours.

Byzantine Collection Tile

Byzantine Collection

Not offered from May 17 through November 30, 2016

The Byzantine Collection consists of art from the Byzantine Empire (330–1453 CE), as well as works from earlier and neighboring cultures. Spanning ecclesiastical, imperial, and secular realms, this docent-led tour of selected works from the Byzantine Collection includes mosaics, icons, and objects of precious materials.

This option is only available in the morning. Book using the Morning Tour Request Form.


Pre-Columbian Collection

Pre-Columbian Collection

Not offered from May 17 through November 30, 2016

The Pre-Columbian Collection consists of works from the ancient cultures of Latin America, including the Inka, Aztec, Olmec, Maya, Moche, Chavin, and Nasca. This docent-led tour of selected works from various ancient cultures includes stone sculptures, ceramics, and metalwork. 

This option is only available in the morning. Book using the Morning Tour Request Form.


Museum Highlights

Museum Highlights

Not offered from May 17 through November 30, 2016

This docent-led tour introduces visitors to the museum’s three collections. It includes selected works from the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Collections and the historic Music Room, which is the focal point of the House Collection.

This option is only available in the morning. Book using the Morning Tour Request Form.


Museum Highlights and Gardens

Museum Highlights and Gardens

Not offered from May 17 through November 30, 2016

This docent-led tour introduces visitors to both the museum and the gardens. In the museum, visitors will see selected works from the three collections. In the gardens, visitors will visit the Orangery and areas adjacent to it.

This option is only available in the morning. Book using the Morning Tour Request Form.


Gardens

Gardens

Not offered during the month of August

Designed by Beatrix Farrand, the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens descend from the Main House down the surrounding hillside. On this docent-led tour visitors stroll through selected areas and learn about the history, design, and evolution of the gardens.

This option is available in both the morning and afternoon. Book using the Morning Tour Request Form or the Afternoon Tour Request Form.

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