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General Contact

1703 32nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

  • Phone Directory: (202) 339-6400
  • General Information: (202) 339-6400 ext. 6401


Human Resources


For Visitors

Find more information about visiting Dumbarton Oaks on our Visit page, and about events, concerts, and exhibitions in Events and Exhibits.


Museum Shop

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  • Phone: (202) 339-6400 ext. 6978
  • Fax: (202) 339-6426


For gardening and plant information, we recommend the excellent resources of the University of Maryland Extension, Home and Garden Information Center.


Discover free educational resources for families, K–12 students, and educators on our education page.

Guided Tours


Music at Dumbarton Oaks


For Researchers

Please follow the links under each academic program for full lists of scholarly contacts.

Fellowships and Grants

Byzantine Studies

Pre-Columbian Studies

Garden and Landscape Studies




Frequently Asked Questions

May I take photos?

Commercial, promotional, and professional photography are not permitted, but photography for personal use is welcome. Flash photography and video cameras are not allowed in the museum, but may be used in the garden. Photographs may be posted to personal websites and blogs, and to social media.

Tripods, lights, and bulky photography equipment, are not allowed in the museum and gardens.

For digital or print publication, including scholarly and educational use, please refer to Rights and Reproductions.

Are food and drinks allowed?

Visitors may not bring food and drink, including water, into the museum. Visitors may bring water into the garden, but food and picnicking are not allowed.

How can I attend concerts?

For information about the concert series, including upcoming performances and ticket sales, see Music at Dumbarton Oaks.

Is Dumbarton Oaks accessible?

The museum is fully accessible. The garden, in keeping with its topography and historic design, presents several challenges to visitors with mobility impairments, including steep inclines, slippery surfaces, loose gravel walkways, staircases, and other impediments. For detailed information, see Accessibility.

What can I bring into the museum?

Handbags and small backpacks may be carried into the museum. Bags or packs worn on the back are not permitted. All parcels and bags larger than 11" x 16"x 8", including backpack-style child carriers, must be checked in the cloakroom, located in the museum foyer.

We may require that large strollers be left in the cloakroom, but can provide a small stroller for use in the galleries. The cloakroom has hangers for coats, small lockers for valuables (please bring a quarter), and storage for umbrellas.

Is it okay to touch the artwork?

No. For the protection of the collections, please refrain from touching art objects. In view of the intimate setting, we kindly ask that visitors show consideration for others while in the galleries and follow the guidance of our gallery attendants.

May I sketch in the Museum or Gardens?

Visitors are welcome to sketch in the museum with pencil or charcoal on pads no larger than 12” x 18”. The use of paints or easels requires prior permission. In addition, pen markers, vine charcoals/pastels or soft drawing media, and open containers or solvents are not allowed in the museum.

In the Gardens, only a pencil or charcoal can be used on pads no larger than 12” x 18”.

Does Dumbarton Oaks rent out space for private events?

Dumbarton Oaks does not host external events on the property. Members of the public who are planning events or scouting for event locations may contact historic sites and parks in the DC area, such as:

  • Dumbarton House
  • Tudor Place
  • Montrose Park
  • Old Stone House
  • Brookside Gardens
  • Woodrow Wilson House
Are tours available?

We offer both walk-in and scheduled tours. For more information, see Guided Tours.

Are animals allowed at Dumbarton Oaks?

Only service animals are permitted in the museum and gardens.

What happens if I lose something at Dumbarton Oaks?

Any items found on the property are turned in to the Dumbarton Oaks Security Office. The items are logged in and kept for 30 days. After that, they are donated to local charities.

Dumbarton Oaks works diligently to reunite lost property items with their owners and in order to do so, we need specific information such as the date the item was lost, last known area of the campus, description, make, model, etc. Please email identifying information about the property along with contact information to and we will review and respond to your inquiry.

Does Dumbarton Oaks offer appraisals of art or antiques?

No, we do not provide appraisals.