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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Tickets to the Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks are sold out on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14.

Upcoming Public Events

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May 02, 2024

Royal Inca Tunic: A Biography of an Ancient Andean Masterpiece

May 2, 2024 | Andrew Hamilton will share the results of his study of the All T’oqapu Inka Tunic and offer a new understanding of Dumbarton Oaks’ most famous Pre-Columbian object.

Upcoming Scholarly Activities

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Spring Byzantine Studies Symposium

April 19–20, 2024 | Byzantine Studies symposium exploring questions of personal identity and visual representation.
May 02, 2024

Royal Inca Tunic: A Biography of an Ancient Andean Masterpiece

May 2, 2024 | Andrew Hamilton will share the results of his study of the All T’oqapu Inka Tunic and offer a new understanding of Dumbarton Oaks’ most famous Pre-Columbian object.

 

Research

Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Studies Programs Fellowships & Awards Library & Archives Publications

 


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The Oaks News

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A Q&A with 2024 Wintersession Course Participants

Just after ringing in the new year, Dumbarton Oaks welcomed seven Harvard undergraduate students from a diverse array of academic disciplines for the 10th annual occurrence of its Wintersession course.