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Through an active program of research and exhibitions, the museum strives to advance knowledge and stimulate appreciation of art by engaging visitors aesthetically, visually, and intellectually. We connect scholars with art, and art scholarship with the public.

The Collection and Galleries

Our galleries feature specialized collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art, European masterpieces on view in the historic Music Room, and a rotating program of Special Exhibitions.

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss initiated these collections in the first half of the twentieth century and provided the vision for future acquisitions after giving Dumbarton Oaks to Harvard University.

Admission and Tours

Admission to the museum is free. Docent-led tours of the Special Exhibition take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Please see here for more information.

Guided tours of the museum and gardens can be arranged during morning hours for groups of 10 to 45 people.

Informal tours are not allowed during public museum hours.

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