Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

★★★★☆
Marjorie Merriweather Post's gilded and glamorous home boasts stunning treasures from 18th-century France and imperial Russia.
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202-686-5807

4155 Linnean Ave NW

Washington, DC

20008

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February through December Tue-Sat 10am-5pm Select Sundays 1pm-5pm
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I just happened to hear about the Hillwood Museum when I was searching online for museums in the DC area. I had never heard of this museum before, but it looked interesting to me because of its Russian and French art (I am Russian on my mom's side and French on my dad's side). I asked my friend, who used to work at other museums, to accompany me. She agreed, so I purchased tickets for us online. I thought it was interesting that the donations are "suggested," but you must pay them if you purchase online.

The tickets had said that we could show up whenever we want throughout the day, but I was 5 minutes "late" for showing up for the opening time in the morning. My friend, who was "on time," was rushed by the museum employees into an introductory film.

After the film, we decided to tour the grounds and see the greenhouse, gardens, dacha, etc. The gardens, including the Japanese garden, were very pretty. The greenhouse had many plants that were not in bloom. The dacha was a cute Russian-style house with beautiful Russian art inside.

Next, we went inside to the mansion for a docent-led tour. I enjoyed touring the interior of the mansion. The Russian and French art, in particular, interested me, but I also liked seeing the everyday-life stuff such as the kitchen cabinets and bedroom furniture. I was a little insulted by the lack of knowledge of the docent. She seemed to know next to nothing about Russian Orthodoxy, although much of the art--icons and other church art--was Russian Orthodox. For example, she incorrectly told guests that the Orthodox have a pope as the Catholics do, which is not true at all (as the Patriarch of Constantinople is "first among equals"), and she did not know the date of the Great Schism. I did love seeing my favorite Faberge egg, the 1896 Twelve Monogram Egg.

My friend's and my last stop at the museum was the cafe. I wanted to taste their Russian and French food to see how authentic and tasty is was. We had reservations for the cafe, but we probably did not need them (at least in still-cold March), as there were empty tables, and the set-up was casual. The Russian and French food was very Americanized. For example, my borscht was OK, but I have definitely tasted much better elsewhere.

We also stopped in the gift shop and picked up a few fun goodies, such as a matroyshka/nesting doll magnet and ear buds.

Overall, I am happy that I found this museum and toured it. I would probably not return to it much, but I do recommend it to others if you are a DC-area resident and are looking for something to do in the area.

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★★★☆☆

I just happened to hear about the Hillwood Museum when I was searching online for museums in the DC area. I had never heard of this museum before, but it looked interesting to me because of its Russian and French art (I am Russian on my mom's side and French on my dad's side). I asked my friend, who used to work at other museums, to accompany me. She agreed, so I purchased tickets for us online. I thought it was interesting that the donations are "suggested," but you must pay them if you purchase online.

The tickets had said that we could show up whenever we want throughout the day, but I was 5 minutes "late" for showing up for the opening time in the morning. My friend, who was "on time," was rushed by the museum employees into an introductory film.

After the film, we decided to tour the grounds and see the greenhouse, gardens, dacha, etc. The gardens, including the Japanese garden, were very pretty. The greenhouse had many plants that were not in bloom. The dacha was a cute Russian-style house with beautiful Russian art inside.

Next, we went inside to the mansion for a docent-led tour. I enjoyed touring the interior of the mansion. The Russian and French art, in particular, interested me, but I also liked seeing the everyday-life stuff such as the kitchen cabinets and bedroom furniture. I was a little insulted by the lack of knowledge of the docent. She seemed to know next to nothing about Russian Orthodoxy, although much of the art--icons and other church art--was Russian Orthodox. For example, she incorrectly told guests that the Orthodox have a pope as the Catholics do, which is not true at all (as the Patriarch of Constantinople is "first among equals"), and she did not know the date of the Great Schism. I did love seeing my favorite Faberge egg, the 1896 Twelve Monogram Egg.

My friend's and my last stop at the museum was the cafe. I wanted to taste their Russian and French food to see how authentic and tasty is was. We had reservations for the cafe, but we probably did not need them (at least in still-cold March), as there were empty tables, and the set-up was casual. The Russian and French food was very Americanized. For example, my borscht was OK, but I have definitely tasted much better elsewhere.

We also stopped in the gift shop and picked up a few fun goodies, such as a matroyshka/nesting doll magnet and ear buds.

Overall, I am happy that I found this museum and toured it. I would probably not return to it much, but I do recommend it to others if you are a DC-area resident and are looking for something to do in the area.

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I have really enjoyed every bit of time i have spent here . If you love history then dont miss this awesome museum. The history of french and russia is perfectly depicted here and you will fall in love with almost everything here.

They have treasured the history and its worth watching it atleast two times.

Please have reservations as this is a much visited place .

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I have really enjoyed every bit of time i have spent here . If you love history then dont miss this awesome museum. The history of french and russia is perfectly depicted here and you will fall in love with almost everything here.

They have treasured the history and its worth watching it atleast two times.

Please have reservations as this is a much visited place .

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I loved taking a tour of this mansion and surrounding gardens. It's been preserved since the 50s, and never updated and upgraded to more modern sculptures, so history has been frozen. I adored looking at the French and Russian artifacts and artwork, particularly the gold and borderline gaudy neoclassical French room. I would go back to see it a second time around!

5
★★★★★

I loved taking a tour of this mansion and surrounding gardens. It's been preserved since the 50s, and never updated and upgraded to more modern sculptures, so history has been frozen. I adored looking at the French and Russian artifacts and artwork, particularly the gold and borderline gaudy neoclassical French room. I would go back to see it a second time around!

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This museum truly brings France's culture alive. It is decorated with portraits of some of the greatest and most influential French figures, dazzling tapestries hanging on the wall, crown jewels, and an entire crystal chandelier section of the neoclassical period when Louis XIV reigned. It brings Russia's culture alive with delicate porcelain fixtures and diamond-coated eggs.

This envokes awe as you look at the periods of French and Russian history and lifestyles.

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CONS: Reservations required

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This museum truly brings France's culture alive. It is decorated with portraits of some of the greatest and most influential French figures, dazzling tapestries hanging on the wall, crown jewels, and an entire crystal chandelier section of the neoclassical period when Louis XIV reigned. It brings Russia's culture alive with delicate porcelain fixtures and diamond-coated eggs.

This envokes awe as you look at the periods of French and Russian history and lifestyles.

PROS:
CONS: Reservations required

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After you've tried all the museums and tours, you wonder what there is left to see in the city. The Hillwood Mansion, tucked away near Rock Creek Park in Northwest DC, is a welcome treat for those who think they've seen it all. Formerly the home of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the mansion and surrounding gardens offer a look into what high society was like in the 1950s and 60s. She amassed a large french and russian antiques collection, so you'll see paintings and personal affects formerly owned by Peter the Great and Marie Antoinette. You need to call ahead to arrange a tour.

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★★★★☆

After you've tried all the museums and tours, you wonder what there is left to see in the city. The Hillwood Mansion, tucked away near Rock Creek Park in Northwest DC, is a welcome treat for those who think they've seen it all. Formerly the home of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the mansion and surrounding gardens offer a look into what high society was like in the 1950s and 60s. She amassed a large french and russian antiques collection, so you'll see paintings and personal affects formerly owned by Peter the Great and Marie Antoinette. You need to call ahead to arrange a tour.

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This beautiful estate is nestled in the woods uptown. In addition to usual tour, it also has a nice restaurant. A great place to take out of towners - that have already seen the usual sites.

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★★★★★

This beautiful estate is nestled in the woods uptown. In addition to usual tour, it also has a nice restaurant. A great place to take out of towners - that have already seen the usual sites.

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Imagine this: a mansion, brilliant garden, cafe, stories of intrigue - and a museum that hosts the largest collection of Russian imperial art outside of St. Petersburg. Yuh huh. Hillwood is probably the most overlooked museum in the area. It is privately owned (by the Post - cereal - family) and worth the price of the admission ticket. I know, Washingtonians ("Waaaaa - we are used to going to museums for free") - but, every now and then, we need to pay for stuff. It is especially gorgeous this time of year. My favorite is still Dumbarton Oaks - but Hillwood is a close second.

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Imagine this: a mansion, brilliant garden, cafe, stories of intrigue - and a museum that hosts the largest collection of Russian imperial art outside of St. Petersburg. Yuh huh. Hillwood is probably the most overlooked museum in the area. It is privately owned (by the Post - cereal - family) and worth the price of the admission ticket. I know, Washingtonians ("Waaaaa - we are used to going to museums for free") - but, every now and then, we need to pay for stuff. It is especially gorgeous this time of year. My favorite is still Dumbarton Oaks - but Hillwood is a close second.

Pros: Perfect for a sunny summer day

Cons: Ticket required but oh well

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Just on the edge of Rock Creek Park between Van Ness and Cleveland Park is this 25-acre estate and homage to Russian Imperial art founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post--heiress to the Post cereal empire. Amongst greenhouses, lawns, roseā€¦