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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.

Visiting Virtually Reopening Safely

As a public health precaution, the museum is closed temporarily. In addition, all public events will be virtual.

The gardens are open Tuesday–Sunday, 3:00–6:00 p.m., except for federal holidays. See Hours and Admission for more information. The gardens may close in hazardous conditions. Timed tickets are required for visitors to the gardens.

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We will continue to share updates on our website and through social media.

We are closely monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and will update our website to reflect any changes to our operations and programming.


Visiting Virtually

Our virtual offerings bring Dumbarton Oaks’ gardens, museum collections, and events to your home.

Virtual Garden Tour

Learn more about the history of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens on this virtual video tour.


Museum Collections Online

Explore the museum’s rich collections, including Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art, European decorative arts and paintings, and Asian art.


Online Exhibits

Explore curated selections from across our collections in a series of online exhibits.


Family Activities

Bring creative learning experiences inspired by the museum’s collections into your home.


Recorded Events

View recordings of selected recent events.


Virtual Backgrounds

Use these images from our museum and garden as your own custom background for virtual teaching, learning, or meeting.


Reopening Safely

We are pleased to welcome visitors back to Dumbarton Oaks safely.

Timed tickets will be offered in limited quantities in order to safely manage capacity and provide visitors enough space to practice social distancing. In addition, masks are required for visitors who are not fully vaccinated, and bathroom facilities will not be open to visitors. Find more information below, and please review the safety measures in the gardens and guidelines for visitors when you purchase season passes or timed tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why haven’t you opened before now?

Our priority is the safety of visitors, Dumbarton Oaks staff, and the community. We have been closely following the COVID-19 statistics, including infection rates and vaccine progress, in order to assess when we could reopen the gardens without undue risk. We are pleased to reopen at a reduced capacity and will continue to monitor the public health situation, modifying our capacity as needed. 

Do I have to wear a mask?

Per CDC guidelines, those visitors who have been fully vaccinated may enjoy the gardens without wearing a mask. Those who have not been vaccinated, or are still in the process of being vaccinated, must continue wearing a mask.

Our garden security officers will continue to wear masks as an added safety measure.

Why are the bathrooms closed?

As small, enclosed spaces shared by individuals from multiple households, bathrooms are a potentially high-risk environment for the spread of COVID-19. This risk is exacerbated by limited ventilation, aerosolized particulates resulting from flushing, and high-touch surfaces. We are closing the bathrooms out of an abundance of caution for the safety of visitors and Dumbarton Oaks staff.

Why do we have to use timed tickets?

Timed tickets, made available in limited quantities, allow us to reopen the gardens to the public, by safely managing capacity and allowing visitors enough space to practice social distancing.

When will the museum and shop reopen?

We are hoping to be able to open the museum this fall. The information on our website is the most up to date, so when we have a firm date, it will be posted there. We are also working to launch an online shop later this spring!

If I have a season pass, do I need a timed ticket to enter the gardens?

Yes, you will need a timed ticket to enter the gardens. Instructions for season pass holders to reserve timed tickets were either emailed to you if you purchased a season pass before May 12, or included in your confirmation email if you purchased the pass on or after May 12. Please email if you need the confirmation email with instructions to be resent.

If I have a Harvard ID, do I need a timed ticket to enter the gardens?

Yes, you will need a timed ticket to enter the gardens. Please email to inquire about specific instructions for Harvard ID holders.