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Join a Regular Tour

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

Please note, from Tuesday, May 17 through Wednesday, November 30, 2016, guided tours of the museum will not be offered. During this time, except for the month of August, afternoon guided tours of the gardens will continue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Special Exhibition Tour

Not offered from May 17 through November 30, 2016

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 from May 17 through November 30, 2016

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 from May 17 through November 30, 2016

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

Not offered during the month of August

A brief introductory tour of the gardens takes place at 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday (depending on weather conditions). To join the tour, please meet the docent across from the Garden Gate House, just inside the entrance to the gardens at R and 31st Streets.

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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