Just when you think you may have seen everything Washington DC has to offer you’ll discover another gem.
After more than 5 years of wandering about this city, I thought I had seen all the attractions I wanted to, but somehow I had never heard of this beautiful Estate. Hillwood Estate is Marjorie Post's former residence turned museum and a must-visit in DC.
ABOUT THE ESTATE
Majorie Post was heir to the Postum Cereal Company, later General Foods which I guess means she was crazy rich. And she spent those dollah dollah bills on elaborate parties and the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside Russia which she would leave behind for the enjoyment of the public. Soon after purchasing Hillwood in 1955, she decided her home would eventually become a museum.
The 25 acres of gardens are stunning and there is some seating spread out around the property to sit and relax. You can bring outside food (no alcohol) and enjoy the gardens at your own leisure.
WHEN TO VISIT
This beautiful property and its gardens were designed to be enjoyed year-round but the best time to visit is Spring and Fall.
Hillwood has rotating special exhibitions, programs and events so there is always something new to see. I have visited multiple times and I always find something new to enjoy.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR VISIT
Hillwood is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reserve in advance: Reservations are not required, but recommended. Make your arrangements online or call the Visitor Information Office at 202.686.5807, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
College Students: $10
Child (6-18): $5
Children under 6: free
Hillwood members: free
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Parking is available for free.
With pandemic restrictions, tickets sold quickly. I always recommend booking attractions in DC ahead of time but as restrictions have lessened you should be able to book without too much notice.
COVID-19 restrictions are always changing so check before you go. At one point there were capacity limitations so you had to book specific entrance times for the mansion and gardens. Currently, October 2021 general access tickets are available.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by security staff at the entrance gate and will have to provide the name on the reservation to check-in.
TIPS FOR VISITING
I recommend starting your visit at the mansion and then exploring the gardens.
Give yourself more time than you think. There is alot to enjoy so don't rush your visit.
Wear comfortable shoes. The property is bigger than it looks.
Download Hillwood's mobile app to enjoy a self-guided audio tour. Don't forget your headphones.
Pack a basket and picnic in the gardens. Visitors can bring outside food and non-alcoholic beverages or purchase at the Merriweather Café. Beer and wine are available for sale.