Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, DC

Site of the Marjorie Merriweather Post Mansion

Exterior of the Post Mansion at the Hillwood Estate
••• Maxwell MacKenzie

Hillwood Museum and Gardens is the former estate of art collector and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heir to the Post cereal fortune. Located near Rock Creek Park in NW Washington, DC, the historic property showcases “the most comprehensive collection of 18th and 19th Century Russian imperial art outside of Russia.” 

The Art Collection

Post was a passionate art collector who assembled a superb collection of Russian art including paintings, furniture, Fabergé eggs, jewelry, glass, and textiles. The 36-room museum also features an impressive collection of 18th-century French decorative arts including furnishings, tapestries, and porcelain. The 25 acres of gardens include a circular rose garden; a formal French parterre, a large crescent-shaped lunar lawn; a traditional Japanese-style garden, a waterfall, and a greenhouse for orchids.

Hillwood Museum & Gardens offers a variety of programs throughout the year including lectures, garden walks, workshops, and musical and theatrical performances. Visit the Museum Shop and find a great selection of books, jewelry, stationery, and other gifts. The Museum Café offers a selection of salads and sandwiches and also serves Afternoon Tea.

Visiting Tips

  • Visit Tuesday through Friday as the attraction is less busy than on weekends
  • Allow for two to three hours to visit, including time to wander around the gardens
  • Take a guided tour and ask questions
  • Attend a Sunday afternoon tea (reservations required)
  • Attend a seasonal festival like the Faberge Egg Family Festival (Easter), the French Festival (July) or the Russian Winter Festival (December)

Getting There

The Hillwood Museum & Gardens is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, between the Cleveland Park and Van Ness neighborhoods on the edge of Rock Creek Park in NW Washington, DC. The property is located in a residential neighborhood approximately five miles north of Downtown and one mile north of the National Zoo. The closest metro station, Van Ness/UDC, is a one mile walk. Metrobus has a stop .5 mile away at the corner of Connecticut and Tilden Streets NW. Free on-site parking is available. Note: Parking in the neighborhood is prohibited.

Admission and Tours

Check the website for the most current information on admission charges. Docent-led tours and self-paced audio tours are available. Reservations are not required; they are available for the convenience of visitors.

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