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Galleries and Exhibitions

The Dumbarton Oaks Museum reopened to the public in 2008, following several years of renovation. The redesigned galleries present the collections in several adjacent galleries.

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The Dumbarton Oaks Museum features permanent gallery exhibitions as well as changing special exhibitions. The Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Galleries comprise individual, permanent displays that are home to the two focused collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. The House Collection of western Medieval Art is featured in the Music Room. Additional spaces, including the Special Exhibition Gallery, the Textile Gallery, the Orientation Gallery, and the Rare Book Gallery, house changing exhibitions on themes selected by the curators.

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75 Years/75 Objects

September 8, 2015–May 22, 2016

November Rotation: Collecting—Collecting art is a passion. For Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, the founders of Dumbarton Oaks, this passion was lifelong. Although they collected broadly—from cultures as diverse as the ancient Chinese to the modern French—they collected with discrimination and taste, with particular focus on Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. When possible, the Dumbarton Oaks Museum continues to collect in the spirit of its founders.

On view November 1–29. Curator’s Tours: November 6 and 20, 2015 | 3 p.m.

October 9, 2015–April 3, 2016 | Textile Gallery Rotation

Clothing for the Afterlife: Textiles from the Pre-Columbian Collection

October 9, 2015–April 3, 2016, in the Textile Gallery

Textiles, more than gold and precious stones, marked a person’s social status in the ancient Andes. The sumptuous attire of the ancient Andes offers a glimpse into the cultures’ elite lifestyles and their perceptions of the afterlife.

Maya Ruins Past and Present

Stephens & Catherwood Revisited: Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time

September 1–November 30, 2015, in the Orientation and Rare Book Galleries, and online here.

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