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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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Jan 13, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019


Sunday evening concert
Jan 14, 2019 - Jan 14, 2019


Monday evening concert
Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

Mary, a Multivalent Figure and the Mother of All

Juggling the Middle Ages and Byzantine Studies Public Lecture, Ioli Kalavrezou, Harvard University



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 & Grants Library & Archives Publications




Online Resources


Reflecting on Botanical Gardens and the Urban Future

Bliss and Mellon conference award recipients discuss the 2018 Garden and Landscape Studies colloquium

Botanical Gardens and the Urban Future

2018 Garden and Landscape Studies Colloquium

Life of an Urban River

Sahar Hosseini reimagines river landscapes in the Safavid empire’s capital