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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, gardens, and collections.

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Dec 01, 2017 - Dec 01, 2017

Imaginary Aztec: Three Views of Mesoamerica’s Central Places

Pre-Columbian Studies Public Lecture, Davíd Carrasco, Harvard University
Dec 03, 2017 - Dec 04, 2017

Spanish Brass

Jan 07, 2018 - Jan 08, 2018

Astrid Schween


Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Studies Programs Fellowships & Grants Library & Archives Publications


Women in Art, 1850–1910

Through March 2018 in the Special Exhibition Gallery | Examines the fashionably dressed urban woman of the late nineteenth century in works collected by the Blisses, who admired the art of the Impressionists.

Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections

Through March 2018 in the Courtyard Gallery | Highlights the craft of bronze metallurgy and the use and meaning of ancient works in bronze.

Ancient Textiles

Through March 2018 in the Textile Gallery | Features late Roman and early Byzantine hangings and curtains alongside Andean looped and woven garments.



Online Resources

Mapping Cultural Philanthropy

Donors and Cultural Institutions in the Nation’s Capital


Autumn Leaves and Mums

James N. Carder (November 2017)

Much Ado about Moche

Dumbarton Oaks’ collection of fineline drawings moves online

Laws of the New Empire

Paolo Angelini limns the legal history of medieval Slavs