Dumbarton Oaks Park
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Dumbarton Oaks information
The mansion's 10 acres of enchanting formal gardens are straight out of a storybook. In springtime, the blooms – including heaps of cherry blossoms – are stunning. The mansion itself is worth a walk-through to see exquisite Byzantine and pre-Columbian art (including El Greco's The Visitation ) and the fascinating library of rare books.
In 1944, diplomatic meetings took place here that laid the groundwork for the UN. The trustees of Harvard University operate the house, so Harvard students, faculty and staff get in for free. From November to mid-March the gardens are free to all (and they close at 5pm). The garden entrance is at R and 31st Sts NW.