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Fallout Shelter Tour

War and Pieces  is a remarkable sculpture by Dutch artist Bouke de Vries depicting an epic battle–complete with mushroom cloud–on Hillwood's dining room table this fall. In the early 1960s, when nuclear war was an everyday fear, Marjorie Post built four fallout shelters at Hillwood, one of which has been restored.  Enjoy a rare look at the renovated shelter intended to keep Post and her staff safe. 

Please note that the fallout shelter, located in the mansion's basement, is a relatively small space, accessible only via stairs and narrow corridors.

Tickets are distributed at the visitor center upon opening each day. A limited number of tickets may be pre-reserved by phone by Hillwood members. This docent-led tour is limited to fifteen, and meets and ends in the entry hall. The group will spend approximately ten minutes in the fallout shelter, plus travel time.

  • View of the restored fallout shelter at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    The restored fallout shelter

    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Stan Rumbough
  • Stocked cupboards in the fallout shelter at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    Stocked cupboards in the fallout shelter

    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Tony Powell
  • cooktop in the fallout shelter at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Stan Rumbough