Notices

Day Trip to Hillwood Museum in DC

Reply

Jun 5th, 2011, 06:41 AM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 20,308
Day Trip to Hillwood Museum in DC

Forgot to write about this wonderful home that my arts group visited in May. It was the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post (as in cereal). She collected Russian artifacts when her then hub was an Ambassador and all things royal or religious were being sold of "cheap".

The gardens are as beautiful as the house and there is a greenhouse filled with orchids. Also on the grounds is a little house built to look like a dacha-it had a photo exhibit but I didn't have time to explore.

There is a separate welcome center (with a great gift shop), and another building with a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Food was B+ but our service was very slow.

If historic homes is your "thing", I'd recommend this. I didn't take any notes so I have forgotten most of the interesting details. Oh, there is a dog cemetery with aptly-named plantings like dogwoods, forget-me-nots, etc.

http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/
TDudette is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jun 5th, 2011, 12:51 PM
  #2
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 183
Sounds interesting and something I would like to see when I go the the area.
gatlinburglover is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 5th, 2011, 01:42 PM
  #3
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 17,785
We were there last fall, and it's really spectacular. I suggest that it's eye-poppig even if historic houses are not your thing--there is jewelry to gape at, loads of beautiful furniture, Faberge eggs, icons and other Russian Orthodox religious paraphernalia. And the gardens are beautiful. I'd love to see them in each season.
NewbE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 5th, 2011, 02:14 PM
  #4
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,369
TD - have u been to the Kreeger on Foxhall Rd in NW? http://www.kreegermuseum.org/
Always one of my favorites in DC
yestravel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 6th, 2011, 08:09 AM
  #5
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 20,308
yestravel, I'm not sure about Kreeger. The building doesn't look familiar but I think our art group has been to it. It's on my list now though.
TDudette is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jun 6th, 2011, 03:17 PM
  #6
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,369
The bldg which was built as their home with eventual plans for it to be a museum is interesting in and of itself. The art collection is amazing. DC has much to thank the Kreegers for in terms of their contributions to art in DC.
yestravel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 6th, 2011, 10:41 PM
  #7
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,057
We toured Hillwood a couple times and we really enjoyed seeing everything. Prior to someone recommending it to us we had never heard of it.
Cali is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jul 9th, 2011, 09:17 AM
  #8
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,187
We loved the gardens and the house too. It is a wonderful property to explore both inside and out.
europeannovice is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jul 9th, 2011, 09:39 AM
  #9
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 20,308
Great to hear more good experiences. Just heard there was a wedding gown special exhibit-don't know if it was for June or not.
TDudette is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jul 24th, 2011, 10:03 PM
  #10
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 149
Glad you got to see Hillwood. Comparatively few out of towners know about it. Tudor Place in Georgetown is also an interesting historic home.
yentakvetch is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jul 26th, 2011, 02:31 PM
  #11
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 10,666
I love Hillwood and can't wait to go back. I described our visit in this trip report:

http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...shes-in-dc.cfm

Thanks for the recommendation for the Kreeger, yestravel. I'll have to go sometime. How about Dumbarton Oaks? How does it compare to Hillwood?
Birdie is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jul 26th, 2011, 07:46 PM
  #12
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 17,785
Dumbarton Oaks is not as spectacularly furnished as Hillwood--but then again, few historic homes are. Sometimes the interior of DO isn't even open to the public. The gardens as just as beautiful, IMO, and there is an interesting little museum of antiquities.

I'd also recommend Tudor House, which is very nearby, but strangely little known. The docent-led tour is a must. It's much older and, again, not as over the top as Hillwood, but both it and DO are well worth a visit.
NewbE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jul 27th, 2011, 07:43 AM
  #13
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 20,308
Haven't been to Tudor House (indeed this is my first time hearing about it) but hub and I took a lovely tour of Dumbarton Oaks some years ago. As NewBe says, it's not as flashy was Hillwood but had a collection of pre-Columbian artifacts that are significant.

The couple who lived there were friends with a composer (senior moment name lost) who actually wrote music for their anniversary. I believe (am going to have to re-check my facts, sorry) the home has become a research center under the auspices of Harvard U.

Birdie, were the green house, cafe and visitors' center at Hillwood when you visited?
TDudette is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jul 27th, 2011, 01:42 PM
  #14
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 10,666
I believe the visitors' center was open. Was that where you watch the introductory film? The cafe was not open, the green house was but the orchids were not in bloom. I remember thinking that it was a must to return when they were blooming. It has to be spectacular.
Birdie is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jul 28th, 2011, 08:24 AM
  #15
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 20,308
A super place, fer sure.
TDudette is online now  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:42 AM.