Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens The grand estate of philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post sits on 25 acres overlooking Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington DC.
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Rabbit, rabbit—August is here!Head to https://tinyurl.com/47db6j59 to see what Hillwood has planned this month.📷: Figuri...
08/01/2021

Rabbit, rabbit—August is here!

Head to https://tinyurl.com/47db6j59 to see what Hillwood has planned this month.

📷: Figurine of a Rabbit, China. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 62.81. Photographed by Brian Searby.

Rabbit, rabbit—August is here!

Head to https://tinyurl.com/47db6j59 to see what Hillwood has planned this month.

📷: Figurine of a Rabbit, China. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 62.81. Photographed by Brian Searby.

Saturday sketch ✏️ These designs, done in pencil, pen, blank ink, and wash on gray cardboard, were done by the Firm of F...
07/31/2021

Saturday sketch ✏️ These designs, done in pencil, pen, blank ink, and wash on gray cardboard, were done by the Firm of Fabergè for brooches in progress in 1909-1915. Pick up your pencil and get drawing today.

📷: Brian Searby

Saturday sketch ✏️ These designs, done in pencil, pen, blank ink, and wash on gray cardboard, were done by the Firm of Fabergè for brooches in progress in 1909-1915. Pick up your pencil and get drawing today.

📷: Brian Searby

This badge, currently on view in the French drawing room, represents the Order of the Golden Fleece, which was founded i...
07/31/2021

This badge, currently on view in the French drawing room, represents the Order of the Golden Fleece, which was founded in 1429 by Philippe de Good, Duke of Burgundy, who was born #OnThisDay in 1396.

📷: Badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Vienna, Austria, 18th-19th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 18.70. Photographed by Edward Owen.

This badge, currently on view in the French drawing room, represents the Order of the Golden Fleece, which was founded in 1429 by Philippe de Good, Duke of Burgundy, who was born #OnThisDay in 1396.

📷: Badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Vienna, Austria, 18th-19th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 18.70. Photographed by Edward Owen.

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features little henry sweet coneflower (native), joe pye w**d (native), ...
07/30/2021

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features little henry sweet coneflower (native), joe pye w**d (native), sunflowers, sweet peas, and kiss me over the garden gate, all from Hillwood.

📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and event décor designer

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features little henry sweet coneflower (native), joe pye w**d (native), sunflowers, sweet peas, and kiss me over the garden gate, all from Hillwood.

📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and event décor designer

Marjorie Merriweather Post visited the Saratoga Racetrack in New York #OnThisDay in 1930, wearing a grey waffle crêpe da...
07/30/2021

Marjorie Merriweather Post visited the Saratoga Racetrack in New York #OnThisDay in 1930, wearing a grey waffle crêpe day dress and parrot hat by Jay Thorpe. The dress encapsulated the dramatic shift in fashion after the Roaring Twenties and the onset of the Great Depression, announcing the more austere 1930s.

📷: Day Dress, Jay Thorpe, 1930-1935. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 48.88. Photographed by Edward Owen.

📷: Parrot Feather Cloche, Jay Thorpe, 1930-5. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 2012.9.45. Photographed by Renee Comet.

Alexandre Brongniart, director of Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, called upon Madame Knip, aka Pauline Riger de Courcelles...
07/29/2021

Alexandre Brongniart, director of Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, called upon Madame Knip, aka Pauline Riger de Courcelles, to decorate this vase. Born #OnThisDay in 1781, Knip was a noted French bird artist. Rather than adapt the birds from books, as had been the custom in the 18th century, Knip visited the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle to draw the Indian and African birds from life.

📷: Vase with African Birds, Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, 1822. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 24.181. Photographed by Edward Owen.

Summer in the cutting garden, featuring vibrant dahlias, lush plants, and beautiful natives 🌼 This garden at Hillwood pr...
07/28/2021

Summer in the cutting garden, featuring vibrant dahlias, lush plants, and beautiful natives 🌼 This garden at Hillwood provides a refuge for pollinators and helps to protect and restore biodiversity.

Summer in the cutting garden, featuring vibrant dahlias, lush plants, and beautiful natives 🌼 This garden at Hillwood provides a refuge for pollinators and helps to protect and restore biodiversity.

Roar! Leo season is here 🦁 Leos are said to be passionate, generous, and enthusiastic. How much do you identify with you...
07/27/2021

Roar! Leo season is here 🦁 Leos are said to be passionate, generous, and enthusiastic. How much do you identify with your zodiac sign?

📷: Round Box, 18th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 15.1. Photographed by Brian Searby.

Roar! Leo season is here 🦁 Leos are said to be passionate, generous, and enthusiastic. How much do you identify with your zodiac sign?

📷: Round Box, 18th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 15.1. Photographed by Brian Searby.

Happy birthday, Adelaide! Adelaide Close Riggs, Marjorie Post’s eldest daughter, was born #OnThisDay in 1908. The woodla...
07/26/2021

Happy birthday, Adelaide! Adelaide Close Riggs, Marjorie Post’s eldest daughter, was born #OnThisDay in 1908. The woodland path is named in her honor, celebrating her dedication to Hillwood.

A #MuseumMomentOfZen for your #SelfCareSunday📷: Erik Kvalsvik
07/25/2021

A #MuseumMomentOfZen for your #SelfCareSunday

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

A #MuseumMomentOfZen for your #SelfCareSunday

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Marjorie Merriweather Post, as Postum Cereal Company’s major stockholder, took the company public on the NYSE #OnThisDay...
07/24/2021

Marjorie Merriweather Post, as Postum Cereal Company’s major stockholder, took the company public on the NYSE #OnThisDay in 1922. The company was originally founded by her father, C.W. Post, in 1895, introducing Postum, a coffee substitute, as its first product. When C.W. died in 1914, Marjorie became the sole inheritor of the company. Here, Marjorie Post is pictured at a General Foods shareholders meeting.

Marjorie Merriweather Post, as Postum Cereal Company’s major stockholder, took the company public on the NYSE #OnThisDay in 1922. The company was originally founded by her father, C.W. Post, in 1895, introducing Postum, a coffee substitute, as its first product. When C.W. died in 1914, Marjorie became the sole inheritor of the company. Here, Marjorie Post is pictured at a General Foods shareholders meeting.

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features celosia and hydrangea.📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and even...
07/23/2021

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features celosia and hydrangea.

📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and event décor designer

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features celosia and hydrangea.

📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and event décor designer

Have you seen “Roaring Twenties” yet?  What are you waiting for?! Don’t miss the remarkable Jazz Age fashion, decorative...
07/22/2021

Have you seen “Roaring Twenties” yet? What are you waiting for?! Don’t miss the remarkable Jazz Age fashion, decorative art, and design that made Marjorie Merriweather Post one of the most influential women of the 1920s. Head to https://tinyurl.com/h2w8pmyk to plan your visit.

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Have you seen “Roaring Twenties” yet? What are you waiting for?! Don’t miss the remarkable Jazz Age fashion, decorative art, and design that made Marjorie Merriweather Post one of the most influential women of the 1920s. Head to https://tinyurl.com/h2w8pmyk to plan your visit.

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Sweeten your visit with the new lemon pound cake, now available at Merriweather Café 🍋 With strawberry compote, vanilla ...
07/21/2021

Sweeten your visit with the new lemon pound cake, now available at Merriweather Café 🍋 With strawberry compote, vanilla mascarpone, and citrus confit, it’s the perfect afternoon treat. Constellation

Sweeten your visit with the new lemon pound cake, now available at Merriweather Café 🍋 With strawberry compote, vanilla mascarpone, and citrus confit, it’s the perfect afternoon treat. Constellation

#DidYouKnow? Ruby is the birthstone for July. This ruby and diamond brooch is a naturalistically modeled hummingbird in ...
07/19/2021

#DidYouKnow? Ruby is the birthstone for July. This ruby and diamond brooch is a naturalistically modeled hummingbird in flight. The unique piece could also be converted into an aigrette, or hair ornament. Here, Marjorie Merriweather Post is shown wearing the brooch at Camp Topridge in 1962.

📷: Brooch, ca. 1890. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 2015.3. Photographed by SquareMoose, Inc.

What’s on today’s menu? Here’s what Marjorie Merriweather Post served #OnThisDay in 1968.
07/18/2021

What’s on today’s menu? Here’s what Marjorie Merriweather Post served #OnThisDay in 1968.

What’s on today’s menu? Here’s what Marjorie Merriweather Post served #OnThisDay in 1968.

Happy #WorldEmojiDay! Try to spot the ones we hid in this painting. Which emoji do you use the most?📷: Seascape, Alexand...
07/17/2021

Happy #WorldEmojiDay! Try to spot the ones we hid in this painting. Which emoji do you use the most?

📷: Seascape, Alexander Dzigurskin, 20th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 51.124.

Happy #WorldEmojiDay! Try to spot the ones we hid in this painting. Which emoji do you use the most?

📷: Seascape, Alexander Dzigurskin, 20th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 51.124.

Next week! Don’t miss Ceremony, a site-specific, movement-based performance commissioned by Hillwood and Dance Place, in...
07/16/2021

Next week! Don’t miss Ceremony, a site-specific, movement-based performance commissioned by Hillwood and Dance Place, inspired by the special exhibition “Kristine Mays: Rich Soil.” Head to https://tinyurl.com/y6h3r4u9 to learn more and register.

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Next week! Don’t miss Ceremony, a site-specific, movement-based performance commissioned by Hillwood and Dance Place, inspired by the special exhibition “Kristine Mays: Rich Soil.” Head to https://tinyurl.com/y6h3r4u9 to learn more and register.

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features sunflowers, crocosmia, pennisetum alopecuroides, eucalyptus, an...
07/16/2021

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features sunflowers, crocosmia, pennisetum alopecuroides, eucalyptus, and hydrangea leaves.

📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and event décor designer

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features sunflowers, crocosmia, pennisetum alopecuroides, eucalyptus, and hydrangea leaves.

📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and event décor designer

The Lunar Lawn in watercolor, painted by @elementalspectrum 🎨 Have you create a Hillwood-inspired piece? Tag #HiFromHill...
07/15/2021

The Lunar Lawn in watercolor, painted by @elementalspectrum 🎨 Have you create a Hillwood-inspired piece? Tag #HiFromHillwood for the chance to be featured!

The Lunar Lawn in watercolor, painted by @elementalspectrum 🎨 Have you create a Hillwood-inspired piece? Tag #HiFromHillwood for the chance to be featured!

Happy Bastille Day! In honor of the holiday, we’re highlighting Hillwood’s French decorative arts collection. Visit http...
07/14/2021

Happy Bastille Day! In honor of the holiday, we’re highlighting Hillwood’s French decorative arts collection. Visit https://tinyurl.com/tp8p9pyj to learn all about it!

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Happy Bastille Day! In honor of the holiday, we’re highlighting Hillwood’s French decorative arts collection. Visit https://tinyurl.com/tp8p9pyj to learn all about it!

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

The lush cutting garden comes alive in summer, bursting with flowers and plants 🌻📷: Erik Kvalsvik
07/13/2021

The lush cutting garden comes alive in summer, bursting with flowers and plants 🌻

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

The lush cutting garden comes alive in summer, bursting with flowers and plants 🌻

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

It’s #NationalEatYourJellODay! As Marjorie Post said, “Jell-O is a wonderful product, because of course it’s used by all...
07/12/2021

It’s #NationalEatYourJellODay! As Marjorie Post said, “Jell-O is a wonderful product, because of course it’s used by all levels of income…and it’s good for all times.” And she meant it, often serving the treat, created by her company General Foods, to guests at Hillwood, including at Dina Merrill’s wedding to Cliff Robertson in 1966.

It’s #NationalEatYourJellODay! As Marjorie Post said, “Jell-O is a wonderful product, because of course it’s used by all levels of income…and it’s good for all times.” And she meant it, often serving the treat, created by her company General Foods, to guests at Hillwood, including at Dina Merrill’s wedding to Cliff Robertson in 1966.

Matchy matchy looks good in the Adam bedroom ✨📷: Jane D’Angelo • Tag #HiFromHillwood for a chance to be featured!
07/11/2021

Matchy matchy looks good in the Adam bedroom ✨

📷: Jane D’Angelo • Tag #HiFromHillwood for a chance to be featured!

Matchy matchy looks good in the Adam bedroom ✨

📷: Jane D’Angelo • Tag #HiFromHillwood for a chance to be featured!

This plate, the only known to exist from this Sèvres service, features a central image sourced from “Les Liliacées,” the...
07/10/2021

This plate, the only known to exist from this Sèvres service, features a central image sourced from “Les Liliacées,” the celebrated work of well-known botanical illustrator Pierre-Joseph Redouté, born #OnThisDay in 1759. The end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century saw ongoing research into botanical specimens, resulting in beautifully printed folios of exotic flowers. Nicknamed the “Raphael of flowers,” Redouté was known for his watercolors of roses, lilies, and other flowers.

📷: Plate, Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, 1821. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 24.246. Photographed by Edward Owen.

This plate, the only known to exist from this Sèvres service, features a central image sourced from “Les Liliacées,” the celebrated work of well-known botanical illustrator Pierre-Joseph Redouté, born #OnThisDay in 1759. The end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century saw ongoing research into botanical specimens, resulting in beautifully printed folios of exotic flowers. Nicknamed the “Raphael of flowers,” Redouté was known for his watercolors of roses, lilies, and other flowers.

📷: Plate, Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, 1821. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 24.246. Photographed by Edward Owen.

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features sunflowers, love lies bleeding, goldenrod, hydrangea leaves, mo...
07/09/2021

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features sunflowers, love lies bleeding, goldenrod, hydrangea leaves, mountain mint, and sweet annie.

📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and event décor designer

Happy #FlowerFriday! This week’s #VCArrangement features sunflowers, love lies bleeding, goldenrod, hydrangea leaves, mountain mint, and sweet annie.

📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s floral and event décor designer

Are you setting off on vacation? Though we cannot all jet off in style like Marjorie Post and Scampi, pictured here on h...
07/08/2021

Are you setting off on vacation? Though we cannot all jet off in style like Marjorie Post and Scampi, pictured here on her plane The Merriweather, travel virtually through Hillwood’s online exhibition “There & Back” with Google Arts and Culture, which features expeditions made by Post and her family, available at https://tinyurl.com/ydgngr6b.

Are you setting off on vacation? Though we cannot all jet off in style like Marjorie Post and Scampi, pictured here on her plane The Merriweather, travel virtually through Hillwood’s online exhibition “There & Back” with Google Arts and Culture, which features expeditions made by Post and her family, available at https://tinyurl.com/ydgngr6b.

07/07/2021
Wednesdays with Wilfried

Join Wilfried Zeisler, chief curator, as he explores objects in Hillwood's collection. Learn about a pair of vases from the Imperial Porcelain and Glass Factories.

Though it’s hot outside, the gardens are beautiful 🌳 Wander through and explore. Head to https://tinyurl.com/h2w8pmyk to...
07/06/2021

Though it’s hot outside, the gardens are beautiful 🌳 Wander through and explore. Head to https://tinyurl.com/h2w8pmyk to plan your visit!

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Though it’s hot outside, the gardens are beautiful 🌳 Wander through and explore. Head to https://tinyurl.com/h2w8pmyk to plan your visit!

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Frosé is back! Cool off and enjoy a refreshing glass of frozen rosé (or frozen strawberry lemonade), available at Merriw...
07/06/2021

Frosé is back! Cool off and enjoy a refreshing glass of frozen rosé (or frozen strawberry lemonade), available at Merriweather To Go. Constellation

Frosé is back! Cool off and enjoy a refreshing glass of frozen rosé (or frozen strawberry lemonade), available at Merriweather To Go. Constellation

Summer dresses, late Edwardian style. Though different than what is worn today, these cotton lawn dresses were summer at...
07/05/2021

Summer dresses, late Edwardian style. Though different than what is worn today, these cotton lawn dresses were summer attire in 1910-13. Decorated with open-work lace and embroidered knots, they would have been worn to afternoon teas or garden parties, as indicated by the slight trains.

📷: Afternoon Dress, 1910-13. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 48.18. Photographed by Renee Comet.

Summer dresses, late Edwardian style. Though different than what is worn today, these cotton lawn dresses were summer attire in 1910-13. Decorated with open-work lace and embroidered knots, they would have been worn to afternoon teas or garden parties, as indicated by the slight trains.

📷: Afternoon Dress, 1910-13. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 48.18. Photographed by Renee Comet.

Happy Fourth of July! Wishing you a wonderful and patriotic celebration filled with fireworks, like these over the Sea C...
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth of July! Wishing you a wonderful and patriotic celebration filled with fireworks, like these over the Sea Cloud in July 1938. #FourthOfJuly #IndependenceDay

Happy Fourth of July! Wishing you a wonderful and patriotic celebration filled with fireworks, like these over the Sea Cloud in July 1938. #FourthOfJuly #IndependenceDay

A #MuseumMomentOfZen from the south portico and Lunar Lawn to start the weekend📷: Erik Kvalsvik
07/03/2021

A #MuseumMomentOfZen from the south portico and Lunar Lawn to start the weekend

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

A #MuseumMomentOfZen from the south portico and Lunar Lawn to start the weekend

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Nominate Hillwood in Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. readers’ poll for the Arts & Entertainment category! Send in y...
07/02/2021

Nominate Hillwood in Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. readers’ poll for the Arts & Entertainment category! Send in your support by August 1 when nominations close.

🔗: https://washingtoncitypaper.com/best-of-dc-2021/#/gallery?group=384688

Nominate Hillwood in Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. readers’ poll for the Arts & Entertainment category! Send in your support by August 1 when nominations close.

🔗: https://washingtoncitypaper.com/best-of-dc-2021/#/gallery?group=384688

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4155 Linnean Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC
20008

Located one mile from either the Van Ness/UDC or Cleveland Park Metro stops on the Red Line.

General information

Marjorie Merriweather Post FAVORITES: Collecting imperial Russian treasures and 18th century French decorative arts, sitting on the Board of General Foods, entertaining in the formal gardens, visiting Palm Beach and the Adirondacks, watching first run movies in the Pavilion with my daughters and grandchildren, square dancing, decorating and renovating homes, surrounding myself and my guests with orchids and fresh flowers, dressing for dinner.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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(202) 686-5807

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At the front gate of The Mansion.
Cecilia is in the photo. She’s on a small rock to the left of the big rock to the right of the bridge.
In the garden this morning
Merry Christmas! Your Trees were delightful! The blog article is not published. You make my holidays sparkle.
My wife and I enjoyed touring the house and the gardens as a Christmas treat to ourselves.
We still have our eggs that we made from last years Fabergé Egg Festival, and decided to do an egg hunt with them.
Today is Museum Store Sunday! Join us in the Museum Shop and receive 25% off on all purchases. Free gifts for purchases over $ 50 and $ 100. See you there!
It's something that needs to be experienced at least once in a lifetime, although going 4 times a year would be best. It have understated pieces and over the top glam , art, gardens, and lots.or lawn and garden space to work off extra kiddie energy. The food in the cafe is fantastic!
Something for your garden staff.