Dumbarton Oaks


If you happened to miss the cherry blossoms or just cannot get enough of them, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, located on 1703 32nd Street, is the perfect place to go and get your cherry blossom fix. Drawing from their Rare Book and Ephemera Collections, the exhibition “Seeing Cherries” contains historical pictures of the Tidal Basin in DC, depictions of traditional Japanese practices concerning cherries, and a sketchbook containing the sketches of landscape architect Ron Henderson, who travelled across Japan following the blossoming of cherry trees. This exhibit has no end date at the present, so take advantage and visit. The entry is free and the hours of the museum are 11:30am-5:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

The Dumbarton Oaks Museum is not the only place you should visit, however. Also on the sixteen-acre property is the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, which original owners Mildred Barnes and Robert Woods Bliss donated to Harvard University in 1940, along with the house (now the museum), and collections. Its initial creation began in 1921 and continued for the next thirty years under the supervision of Beatrix Farrand, a well-known landscape architect and gardener. It is a large, beautiful garden, with many terraces and varieties of flowers and styles. It also has periodic art installations, and is open 2pm-6pm, also Tuesday through Sunday.

Take advantage of some of the nice days (hopefully) ahead now that spring has arrived, and visit this local museum and garden. And, for those who have other interests, the main collections of the museum, the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art collections, are there all year round.

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