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The Dumbarton Oaks Museum is known for its specialized collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. Although far-reaching in scope and wide-ranging in stylistic expression, the objects are unified by a rare beauty and refined craftsmanship, the result of the discerning eye of the collectors and founders of Dumbarton Oaks, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss.

For further information on the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Collections and the display of Western medieval and Renaissance art and furniture in the Music Room, see below.

On view in the museum

Juggling the Middle Ages

October 16, 2018–February 28, 2019 | See how one tale has transformed over time, captivating medieval and modern audiences alike with its enduring messages. Art is miraculous!

Opening soon

Written in Knots: Undeciphered Accounts of Andean Life

April 2–August 18, 2019 | Long before the arrival of the Spaniards, the people of South America had a system of recorded information that was portable, precise, and so complex that it remains undeciphered today.

Plan Your Visit

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. In 2018, the museum is closed July 4 (Independence Day), November 22 (Thanksgiving Day), December 25 (Christmas Day), and January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Day).

Admission to the museum is free.

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