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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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Feb 09, 2020 - Feb 10, 2020


Two pianists on one piano, this Grammy-nominated duo performs works by Stravinsky, Debussy, and others.
Mar 01, 2020 - Mar 02, 2020

Sandbox Percussion

This lauded contemporary percussion chamber quartet offers audiences a visually and musically compelling performance.
Apr 03, 2020 - Apr 03, 2020

Heritage and Its Missions

Speakers at this annual day-long colloquium explore the relationship between heritage meanings and pre-Republican Catholic missions.



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

Digging into the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library: Spotlight on Ælfric’s “Old English Lives of Saints”

From cross-dressing monks to the walking dead, everything old is new again

A Typology of Gifts

Daniel Caner untangles dirty wealth, fruit-bearings, and Christian philanthropy

Encore from an Early-Career Musician in Residence

Robyn Bollinger reflects on researching the history of musical dessert