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Guided Tours

Learn more about the museum and gardens and join a docent-led tour. We offer both walk-in tours and pre-booked tours for groups.

Please note: The gardens and other external areas, in keeping with the topography and historic design of the property, have steep inclines, slippery surfaces, loose gravel walkways, and staircases. Please find detailed information about accessibility here.

Guided tours are not offered during the month of August. If you have any questions, please contact or call 202-339-6409.

Walk-In Tours

Garden Tour—The 30-minute introductory tour shows visitors select areas and introduces them to the design and development of the garden. Offered at 2:10 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from March 15 through July 9 (depending on weather conditions).

Architecture Tour—The 60-minute tour introduces visitors to a selection of buildings on Dumbarton Oaks’ campus. Offered at 1:30 on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, starting in June 2017. This tour is limited to 15 people.

Prebooked Group Tours

Prebooked docent-led tours are available for groups of 10 to 30 people. These tours are offered at 11:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and require at least four weeks’ notice. 

Prebooked tours for educational institutions are free. For all other groups, there is a fee of $10 per person ($100 nonrefundable deposit).

Tour requests can be made using our online form.

Museum tours will be offered beginning April 25. Gardens tours will be offered until July 9.

Museum Highlights—The 60-minute tour introduces visitors to selected Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, European, and Asian artworks in the museum’s permanent collection.

Byzantine Collection—The 60-minute tour focuses on works from the Byzantine Collection, which includes ecclesiastical, imperial, and secular objects from the Byzantine Empire (330–1453).

Pre-Columbian Collection—The 60-minute tour features works from the ancient cultures of Latin America, including the Olmec, Maya, Moche, Chavin and Nasca.

Museum Highlights and Gardens—The 90-minute tour introduces visitors to both the museum and the gardens. In the museum, visitors will see selected artworks from the permanent collection. In the gardens, visitors will see the Orangery and areas adjacent to it.

Gardens—The 90-minute tour focuses on the design and evolution of the gardens and introduces visitors to select areas of the gardens.