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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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Enjoy Dumbarton Oaks Safely

Learn more about Dumbarton Oaks’ response to COVID-19, virtual opportunities, and plans to reopen the museum and gardens to visitors.

Apr 24, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021

Anthony McGill and Anna Polonsky

Clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Anna Polonsky perform music by James Lee III, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Jessie Montgomery in a concert recorded live and streamed from the Music Room.
Apr 29, 2021 - Jun 10, 2021

Land Back: Indigenous Landscapes of Resurgence and Freedom

In this symposium, speakers highlight the many ways Indigenous peoples understand and practice land relations for political resurgence and freedom across the Americas.
May 07, 2021 - May 08, 2021

The Empire of the Ancestors: The Wari of the Middle Horizon

Participants discuss and evaluate the role of ancestral veneration in Wari expansionism.



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


Online Resources

The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens as Archive

Beginning a year of celebration

Typographic Developments

Release of newest version of the Athena Ruby font by Dumbarton Oaks supports researchers publishing Byzantine seals and coins

Place-Making in the Pacific Northwest

Marianna Davison studies how early landscape design in Seattle contributed to the erasure of the region’s Indigenous place-histories