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Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

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Marjorie Merriweather Post bought Hillwood in 1955 and soon decided her home would be a museum that would inspire and educate the public. When she left her northwest Washington, D.C. estate, she endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands for all to enjoy. Opened as a public institution in 1977, today Hillwood's allure stems from the equally fascinating parts that make up the whole. From the captivating life of Marjorie Post to the exquisitely maintained Mansion and Gardens, the experience of Hillwood outshines even the Fabergé Eggs.

Nestled in the hills of northwest Washington, D.C., Hillwood welcomes visitors from around the world with its gracious hospitality. Escape into an oasis only five miles from downtown D.C., explore the Mansion, dine at the Café, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the formal gardens. The following pages provide important information for creating a magical Hillwood experience.


Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens' mission is to delight and engage visitors with an experience inspired by the life of founder Marjorie Merriweather Post and her passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, art, history, and gardens.


Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens presents in its stunning original setting the extraordinary life and legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, by developing the resources she left in trust to their fullest potential for future generations. Hillwood presents internationally significant collections of art, dynamic changing exhibitions and a fabulous historic estate and gardens, providing current audiences with a visceral sense of a dynamic life and inspiration for their own endeavors.

Core Value Statement

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, in a spirit of graciousness, strives for professional excellence and fascinated and engaged visitors according to the high standards established by Marjorie Merriweather Post.


Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden's mandate is to preserve the 25 acre estate, museum and gardens that Marjorie Merriweather Post developed to house her important collections of Russian Imperial art, French decorative arts, costumes, textiles, and jewelry and to interpret and present them for the enjoyment of the public. Hillwood continues Mrs. Post's legacy by sharing the contributions she made in the fields of American business leadership; women's studies; progressive thought; political history; philanthropy; community and social involvement; healthy lifestyles; Russian imperial art; French decorative arts; costume, jewelry and textile design and estate and garden design. It is an important scholarly voice on Russian and Western European decorative arts and twentieth-century material culture

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Hours of Operation:
Tue10:00 AM5:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM5:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM5:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM5:00 PM
Notes: Closed: Monday & most national holidays Select Sundays: 1pm - 5pm Open Sundays in 2012 January 1 & 15 July 1, 15 & 29 February 12 August 19 March 18 September 2 & 16 April 1, 15 & 29 October 7 & 21 May 13 & 27 November 4 & 25 June 17 December 9 & 30 Open Sundays in 2013 January 20 July 14 & 28 February 17 August 18 March 10 & 24 September 1 & 15 April 14 & 28 October 13 & 27 May 12 & 26 November 10 June 9 & 23 December 1, 15 & 29


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