Plan Your Visit
Welcome to the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a legendary hostess, pioneering businesswoman, diplomat, philanthropist, and distinguished collector.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or long-time member, there’s always something new to discover at Hillwood. Most guests spend close to three hours enjoying all that Hillwood has to offer. You may plan on touring the mansion, exploring the gardens, seeing a special exhibition, having tea or lunch in the café, and completing your experience with a stop in the museum shop. Read on and use the links on the left to learn more about the many ways to experience Hillwood.
Start your visit with a welcome from executive director Kate Markert by way of the Orientation Film, which plays every half-hour in the Visitor Center and is a great way to start your day at Hillwood, especially if it's your first visit.
Whether you prefer to experience Hillwood at your own leisurely pace, with the guiding voice of our popular audio tour, or the structure of a docent-guided tour, a day of beauty and serenity awaits. No matter which one you choose, all of the touring options are included with your suggested donation. Staff and volunteers will be on hand at the Visitor Center when you arrive to help you plan your visit. You may opt to:
- Guide yourself using a detailed printed brochure or popular audioguide
- Particpate in a docent-led Mansion tour
- Tour the Gardens led by a garden docent knowledgeable about the history and plantings of the gardens
Special benefits await those who come with their garden clubs, church outings, or social groups. Groups of all ages are welcome to spend a special day with us!
We are happy to welcome Hillwood members with their dogs on Sunday mornings only. Though we share a fondness for animals, as our founder Marjorie Merriweather Post did, for the safety and comfort of all our visitors and the conservation of our grounds, pets are not permitted at Hillwood at other times. Other than Sunday mornings, we cannot allow entrance to any vehicles with pets inside.
Please note, Hillwood does not permit smoking anywhere on the grounds.
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