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Renovation Notice

The museum will be closed to the public from May 23 through the end of 2016. The gardens will remain open during public hours and for booked tours. Find out more and plan your visit.

Join a Regular Tour

Tours of the museum, historic rooms, select buildings, and gardens.

Please note, guided tours of the museum will not be offered until we reopen the museum in mid-February 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Special Exhibition Tour

Not offered until reopening of museum (mid-February 2017)

When Special Exhibitions are on view, docents conduct free 30-minute tours.

To join, meet at the Visitor Service Desk on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Find out more information about the current exhibitions here.


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Selected Historic Rooms Tour

Not offered until reopening of museum (mid-February 2017)

A guided, free 30-minute special tour of the first floor, non-public historic rooms in the Main House of Dumbarton Oaks—including the Founders’ Room, Study, and Oval Room—is generally offered on the first and third Saturday of each month for up to 10 people.

Please sign up at the museum front desk before the tour and meet your docent in the Bliss Gallery (adjacent to the lobby of the museum) at 1:30 p.m.


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Architecture Tour

Not offered until reopening of museum (mid-February 2017)

On the second and fourth Saturday of each month (depending on weather conditions), docents conduct a 45-minute walking tour of select buildings on the campus of Dumbarton Oaks. Please sign up at the museum front desk before the tour. The tour will start at 1:30 p.m.

Parts of this tour include the gardens which, in keeping with their topography and historic design, present several challenges to visitors with mobility impairments, including steep inclines, slippery surfaces, gravel walkways, staircases, and other impediments. Please find detailed information about accessibility here.


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Garden Introductory Tour

From March 15 through October 31, except for the month of August, a brief introductory tour of the gardens takes place at 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday,  and Thursday (depending on weather conditions)

The gardens, in keeping with their topography and historic design, present several challenges to visitors with mobility impairments, including steep inclines, slippery surfaces, loose gravel walkways, staircases, and other impediments. Detailed information about accessibility can be found here.

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