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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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Upcoming Public Events

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Mar 10, 2024 - Mar 11, 2024

The Kosher Red Hots

All concerts take place Sundays and Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
Apr 07, 2024 - Apr 08, 2024

Constantinople & Accademia Del Piacere

All concerts take place Sundays and Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Scholarly Activities

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Garden and Landscape Studies Colloquium/Workshop

March 25–29, 2024 | Swati Chattopadhyay and Zeynep Kezer, Organizers

Spring Byzantine Studies Symposium

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

Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium

May 10–11, 2024 | Vera S. Candiani, Symposiarch



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.

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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.

Sounds from the Dumbarton Oaks Music Symposium

On Friday, September 22, music emanated from Dumbarton Oaks, as it often does. But never have so many concert attendees been compelled to dance on the North Vista.