Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens The grand estate of philanthropist and collector Marjorie Post sits on 25 acres in Washington, D.C.
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Happy birthday, George Headley! The noted jewelry designer, collector, and socialite, born   in 1908, created this earri...
01/08/2024

Happy birthday, George Headley! The noted jewelry designer, collector, and socialite, born in 1908, created this earring and necklace set of Burma pearls and moonstones for Marjorie Merriweather Post.

The two were acquainted and exchanged notes in addition to visiting in person. In correspondence from summer 1966, Headley wrote to Post of this set, “I call this creation of mine ‘Moonlight’ and am so proud that it is among your treasures. How wonderful of you, Mrs. Post, not only to collect rare things of the past but also to encourage artists and other interesting things being done today.” Post was so enchanted by the pieces that she wrote “The lovely necklace and earrings are going to live with me.”

📷: Necklace and Earrings, George Headley and Charles Valiant, Inc., Lexington, KY, 1966. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 17.74.1-3. Photographed by SquareMoose, Inc.

  Sea Cloud, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s yacht, served as a U.S. Coast Guard weather ship during World War II? Post lea...
01/07/2024

Sea Cloud, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s yacht, served as a U.S. Coast Guard weather ship during World War II? Post leased the ship to the U.S. Navy for a dollar a year, beginning in early January 1942, saying “Since I have no son to give to the war, I will offer the Sea Cloud.”

📷: Sea Cloud, Montague J. Dawson, England, ca. 1930-1960. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 51.39.

The coming week is the last chance to visit Hillwood before our annual closure begins on Monday, January 15! Visit for y...
01/06/2024

The coming week is the last chance to visit Hillwood before our annual closure begins on Monday, January 15! Visit for your fill of fabulous decorative arts, peaceful winter gardens, and delightful dining from Merriweather Café. Head to https://tinyurl.com/h2w8pmyk to plan your visit!

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Showing off our holiday gifts like… 🎁 What did give or receive?📷: Engaged, Tito Conti, Italy, 19th c. Hillwood Estate, M...
01/05/2024

Showing off our holiday gifts like… 🎁 What did give or receive?

📷: Engaged, Tito Conti, Italy, 19th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 51.173.

Orchids are a winter flower at Hillwood, as the horticulture staff cultivate these colorful beauties to be ready for Orc...
01/04/2024

Orchids are a winter flower at Hillwood, as the horticulture staff cultivate these colorful beauties to be ready for Orchid Month in March. They stay warm growing under glass in the greenhouse. Which variety is your favorite?

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Happy New Year! We look forward to a new year of beauty, resilience, and inspiration. Wishing you a healthy and happy 20...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! We look forward to a new year of beauty, resilience, and inspiration. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2024.

Please note: Hillwood is closed today. We look forward to welcoming you Tuesday, January 2.

It’s New Year’s Eve! Time to crack open the champagne 🍾 Wishing you a happy and safe celebration to ring in 2024.
12/31/2023

It’s New Year’s Eve! Time to crack open the champagne 🍾 Wishing you a happy and safe celebration to ring in 2024.

“[It] explores how one’s view of a situation is shaped by one’s relationship to it. Post deftly employed domestic ritual...
12/30/2023

“[It] explores how one’s view of a situation is shaped by one’s relationship to it. Post deftly employed domestic rituals that literally ‘brought people to the table’…to subtly persuade disparate individuals to empathize with another point of view…” – Beth Lipman on “Miles’ Law”

Don’t miss your chance to explore this incredible glass sculpture, on view through January 14, 2024 as part of the exhibition “Glass: Art. Beauty. Design.”

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Happy birthday Dina Merrill! Marjorie Merriweather Post’s youngest daughter, aka Nedenia Marjorie Hutton, was born   in ...
12/29/2023

Happy birthday Dina Merrill! Marjorie Merriweather Post’s youngest daughter, aka Nedenia Marjorie Hutton, was born in 1923. Merrill was an actor and socialite before following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a businessperson and philanthropist.

Are you celebrating  ? 🃏 This fold-top table with a needlepoint cover, located in the second floor library, would have b...
12/28/2023

Are you celebrating ? 🃏 This fold-top table with a needlepoint cover, located in the second floor library, would have been part of a distinguished English country house during the eighteenth century when parties involving card games were all the rage among high society circles.

📷: Support Furniture, England, ca. 1745-50. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 33.12.

We’re open! Wander through the winter gardens—they’re beautiful with and without snow. 📷: Erik Kvalsvik
12/26/2023

We’re open! Wander through the winter gardens—they’re beautiful with and without snow.

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Merry Christmas! 🎄 Wishing a happy and healthy holiday to those who celebrate.  Please note: Hillwood is closed today. W...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas! 🎄 Wishing a happy and healthy holiday to those who celebrate.

Please note: Hillwood is closed today. We look forward to welcoming you Tuesday, December 26.

Good morning If you need us, we’ll be starting our day here, like Marjorie Post. She would spend her morning in the dres...
12/24/2023

Good morning If you need us, we’ll be starting our day here, like Marjorie Post. She would spend her morning in the dressing room, eating breakfast, getting ready, and taking care of any business.

  turquoise is the birthstone for the month of December? Marjorie Merriweather Post rather liked the stone and acquired ...
12/23/2023

turquoise is the birthstone for the month of December? Marjorie Merriweather Post rather liked the stone and acquired impressive turquoise-centric pieces such as this Harry Winston necklace. The City News Bureau photographed Post wearing this sparkling piece at the International Ball in Washington, D.C. She also wore it to the Red Cross Ball in Palm each in 1967.

📷: Necklace, Harry Winston, 1961. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 17.73.1. Photographed by SquareMoose, Inc.

Happy  ! This week’s   features lady slipper orchids, delphinium, freesia, amaryllis, hellebores, tulips, and roses. 📷: ...
12/22/2023

Happy ! This week’s features lady slipper orchids, delphinium, freesia, amaryllis, hellebores, tulips, and roses.

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

Among Marjorie Merriweather Post's many esteemed guests to Hillwood was Lady Bird Johnson, born   in 1912. Lady Bird, wh...
12/22/2023

Among Marjorie Merriweather Post's many esteemed guests to Hillwood was Lady Bird Johnson, born in 1912. Lady Bird, who described Post as “sort of a duchess,” visited her on many occasions, including this walkthrough of Hillwood’s gardens in 1966.

Happy first day of winter! 🌨️ 📷: Winter Scene, Ivan Choultsé, early 20th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. ...
12/21/2023

Happy first day of winter! 🌨️

📷: Winter Scene, Ivan Choultsé, early 20th c. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 51.92.

Celebrate the holiday season at Hillwood! Enjoy the most wonderful time of year with family and friends. Please make not...
12/20/2023

Celebrate the holiday season at Hillwood! Enjoy the most wonderful time of year with family and friends. Please make note of our holiday hours below, and head to https://tinyurl.com/h2w8pmyk to plan your visit.

✨ Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (early closure)
✨ Christmas Day, Monday, December 25: Closed
✨ New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (early closure)
✨ New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1: Closed

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Anyone dreaming of a white Christmas? ❄️ Since we may not be getting one in D.C. this year, enjoy this throwback of snow...
12/19/2023

Anyone dreaming of a white Christmas? ❄️ Since we may not be getting one in D.C. this year, enjoy this throwback of snow in the gardens.

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Happy birthday Frank O. Salisbury! Born   in 1874, the English portraitist painted Marjorie Post and her family on many ...
12/18/2023

Happy birthday Frank O. Salisbury! Born in 1874, the English portraitist painted Marjorie Post and her family on many occasions. This oil portrait, on view in the first floor library, features Post in a silk satin dress with pearls, a white fur scarf, and a red velvet drape.

📷: Portrait of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Frank O. Salisbury, 1934. Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 51.140.

Flowers, and diamonds, and frames, oh my! ‘Tis the season at Hillwood 🎄Join us to celebrate the holidays and view “Makin...
12/16/2023

Flowers, and diamonds, and frames, oh my! ‘Tis the season at Hillwood 🎄

Join us to celebrate the holidays and view “Making Spirits Bright.” If you have seen the trees, which is your favorite?

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Happy  ! This week’s   features amaryllis, ranunculus, cymbidium orchids, and hydrangeas. 📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s flor...
12/15/2023

Happy ! This week’s features amaryllis, ranunculus, cymbidium orchids, and hydrangeas.

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

Marjorie Merriweather Post was a connoisseur of all jewelry, but she had a special affinity for pearls. In honor of  , w...
12/15/2023

Marjorie Merriweather Post was a connoisseur of all jewelry, but she had a special affinity for pearls. In honor of , we’re sharing a few of our favorite photos of her decked in strands of these beauties.

Boot season is here 👢 Keep your feet warm in style. Do you have a favorite pair? This pair, made of black leather with b...
12/14/2023

Boot season is here 👢 Keep your feet warm in style. Do you have a favorite pair? This pair, made of black leather with burgundy wool spats, matches the traveling suit Marjorie Merriweather Post wore on her honeymoon in 1905.

📷: Pair of Women’s Boots, Frank Brothers, New York, USA, ca. 1905. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 49.99.1-2.

What’s for lunch? Here’s what Marjorie Merriweather Post served   in 1964.
12/13/2023

What’s for lunch? Here’s what Marjorie Merriweather Post served in 1964.

It’s  ! These flowers, brought to America by Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, originated in Mexico and were used to decorate c...
12/12/2023

It’s ! These flowers, brought to America by Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, originated in Mexico and were used to decorate churches at Christmastime. This started a long tradition of using poinsettias as a holiday decoration. Stop by to see the vibrant poinsettias on view throughout the estate as part of this year’s holiday décor.

In honor of  , download Hillwood’s mobile tour app from the Apple or Google Play store! The multimedia guide invites you...
12/11/2023

In honor of , download Hillwood’s mobile tour app from the Apple or Google Play store! The multimedia guide invites you to marvel at the gilded treasures of Hillwood, featuring the art of 18th-century France and imperial Russia, splendid gardens, and the luxury items that distinguished Marjorie Post’s life at Hillwood. With the app, enjoy the richness of Hillwood anytime, anywhere. Head to https://bit.ly/2J72pWM to download today.

📷: Erik Kvalsvik

Brightening your feed with the warm and colorful greenhouse 🌱
12/10/2023

Brightening your feed with the warm and colorful greenhouse 🌱

Do you send holiday cards? In honor of  , we’re sharing a couple of Marjorie Post’s holiday cards from 1968 and 1971.
12/09/2023

Do you send holiday cards? In honor of , we’re sharing a couple of Marjorie Post’s holiday cards from 1968 and 1971.

Happy  ! This week’s   features roses, ranunculus, freesia, hellebores, and winter greens.📷: Ami Wilber, Hillwood’s flor...
12/08/2023

Happy ! This week’s features roses, ranunculus, freesia, hellebores, and winter greens.

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

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Washington D.C., DC
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Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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