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Gardens Rules

We hope that you have a wonderful visit!

We ask that guests respect this historic garden and treat it as an outdoor museum space.  Visitors are welcome to sketch in the gardens with pencil or charcoal on pads no larger than 12” x 18”. 

Please leave the garden as you found it, use only benches and chairs for sitting, and be courteous of other guests and Dumbarton Oaks staff.

  • NO commercial or professional photography/videography
  • NO tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, lights, or other bulky photographic equipment
  • NO artist easels, open containers, paints, solvents, or other art supplies
  • NO picnicking
  • NO littering
  • NO climbing on or hanging from trees
  • NO picking flowers or other plants
  • NO touching, climbing, or sitting on fountains, sculpture, or garden walls
  • NO smoking
  • NO pets, except trained service animals 
  • NO bicycles, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, or hoverboards
  • NO weapons of any kind

By entering this property, guests agree to adhere to these rules.