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Guided Tours

Learn more about the museum and garden and join a docent-led tour. We offer both walk-in tours and prebooked tours for groups.

Guided tours are not offered during the month of August. If you have any questions, please contact or call 202-339-6409.

Walk-In Tours

Architecture Tour—This 60-minute tour introduces visitors to a selection of buildings on Dumbarton Oaks’ campus. It is offered at 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, and is limited to 15 people.

Garden Tour—This 30-minute introductory tour shows visitors select areas and introduces them to the design and development of the garden. It is offered at 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Prebooked Group Tours

Prebooked docent-led tours are available for groups of 10 to 30 people. These tours are offered at 11:30 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and require at least four weeks’ notice. 

Prebooked tours for educational institutions are free. For all other groups, there is a fee of $10 per person ($100 nonrefundable deposit).

Tour requests can be made using our online form.

Museum Highlights—This 60-minute tour introduces visitors to selected Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, European, and Asian artworks in the museum’s permanent collection.

Byzantine Collection—This 60-minute tour focuses on works from the Byzantine Collection, which includes ecclesiastical, imperial, and secular objects from the Byzantine Empire (330–1453).

Pre-Columbian Collection—This 60-minute tour features works from the ancient cultures of Latin America, including the Olmec, Maya, Moche, Chavin, and Nasca.

Museum Highlights and Garden—This 90-minute tour introduces visitors to both the museum and the garden. In the museum, visitors will see selected artworks from the permanent collection. In the garden, visitors will see the Orangery and areas adjacent to it.

Garden—This 90-minute tour focuses on the design and evolution of the garden and introduces visitors to select areas of the garden.