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Visit Dumbarton Oaks

Located in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, Dumbarton Oaks is the legacy of Robert and Mildred Bliss, philanthropists and collectors of art. The Gardens, designed by renowned landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand, is an oasis within the city. Explore sixteen acres of terraced gardens and vistas, orchards and kitchen gardens, and a vast wilderness of meadows and wooded pathways. The Museum is home to a world-class collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art, housed in magnificent galleries. From the tapestries and paintings in the Renaissance inspired Music Room to the graceful lines and natural sunlight of the Pre-Columbian Gallery, visitors can admire art dating back to antiquity, as well as innovative special exhibitions.

Make a day of your visit at Dumbarton Oaks by exploring other attractions, shopping, and food and drink offerings in the surrounding Georgetown neighborhood.


Timed tickets are required for visitors to the Gardens and Museum.

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All Museum visitors age 12 or older must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within the previous 48 hours.

Purchase or reserve timed tickets and review information and guidelines for visitors in our Visit Safely portal.

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.

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Wildlife in the Gardens

There has been an increase in wildlife in the gardens, which is an excellent sign of the health of the ecosystem. Some of these visitors are black rat snakes, which are harmless and beneficial, as they help to control rodent populations. While you may be startled to encounter one, they are not aggressive or poisonous and should be left alone.

Getting Here


Unfortunately we do not have parking facilities for visitors. Two-hour street parking is available. There is no time limit on Sunday, but the District of Columbia is efficient about ticketing over the two-hour limit in this zone on weekdays and Saturdays. Additional parking information can be found on the Georgetown tourism website.


D.C. Metrobus routes 31, 33, 30N, and 30S, and the Georgetown Circulator, have a stop at Wisconsin Avenue and R Street. Metrobus routes D1, D2, and D3 stop at Q and 31st Streets, and the G2 route stops at P and 31st Streets.


The Dupont Circle metro station (red line) and the Foggy Bottom-GWU metro station (blue/orange/silver lines) are closest to Dumbarton Oaks. Visitors may either walk from the stations, or transfer to a Metrobus: D1, D2, D3, D6, and G2 (Dupont Circle), and 31, 33, 30N, 30S, and Georgetown Circulator (Foggy Bottom-GWU).


Dumbarton Oaks offers secure bicycle racks at the entrances to both the museum and gardens. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is located two blocks from the museum entrance, at Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street.


Three airports serve the DC metropolitan area. In order of distance from Dumbarton Oaks, these are: Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI). To arrive at Dumbarton Oaks, you can take a taxi, Super Shuttle (from Dulles and BWI), or public transportation.

  • From Reagan National, take the blue line to the Foggy Bottom-GWU metro station.
  • From Dulles, take the Dulles International Silver Line Express bus to the Wiehle-Reston East metro station (silver line); take the silver line to the Foggy Bottom-GWU metro station.
  • From Baltimore–Washington, there are two options: (1) Take the B30 bus to the Greenbelt metro station (green line), and then change to the orange/blue/silver lines at the Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter metro station in order to arrive at Foggy Bottom-GWU. (2) Alternatively, take a Marc or Amtrak train from BWI to Union Station, and take the red line to the Dupont Circle metro station.

A Day in and around Dumbarton Oaks

Make a day of your visit at Dumbarton Oaks! Click on the arrow in the top left corner of the map to find walking and biking directions, bus stops, bike docks, and parking lots. Looking for a historic home, trail hike, or gorgeous view? Green points of interest are just a short walk from Dumbarton Oaks, and purple points suggest attractions a bit further afield. Coffee cups indicate quick bites, and the fork-and-knife icons show restaurants. Map not displaying? View it here.