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The Dumbarton Oaks Museum is known for its specialized collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. Although far-reaching in scope and wide-ranging in stylistic expression, the objects are unified by a rare beauty and refined craftsmanship, the result of the discerning eye of the collectors and founders of Dumbarton Oaks, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss.

For further information on the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Collections and the display of Western medieval and Renaissance art and furniture in the Music Room, see below.

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Plan Your Visit

The Museum is open 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday, except for federal holidays. The Museum Shop is open 2–5 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday, except for federal holidays.

Please note: The Museum shop will be closed Tuesday, May 31.

Admission is free. Timed tickets are required for all visitors. 


All 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. Find out more about this policy, and learn how to make your visit safe and enjoyable by reviewing information for Museum visitors.

Special Exhibitions

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A Century in the Gardens Exhibit

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Beatrix Farrand’s design of the Dumbarton Oaks landscape, the exhibit includes archival images, as well as newly commissioned photographs, selections from the Rare Book Collection, and a design timeline.

A Beautiful Dichotomy: Contrasting Pre-Columbian Peruvian Ceramics

This exhibition brings together 8 pairs of ceramic works, providing an opportunity to appreciate the extraordinary dichotomy of stylistic traditions across ancient cultures and geographies.

Lasting Impressions: People, Power, Piety

November 23, 2021–November 2022 | This exhibition explores individual stories and family histories, the concept of status, developments in popular piety, and the inner workings of the state as shown through the intricate impressions on lead seals.