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Welcome to the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, where every visitor is greeted with an experience inspired by the life of its founder and her passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, art, history, and gardens.

Whether you are a first-time visitor or long-time member, there is always something new to discover at this hidden attraction in Washington, D.C. Most guests spend close to three hours enjoying all that Hillwood has to offer. Read on to discover the options for touring and planning your visit, and use the links to the left for more detailed  information.

As a public health precaution in response to COVID-19, Hillwood has made the decision to close to the public, beginning Monday, March 16. We are following the guidance of local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) proactively to protect the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers.

Merriweather Café

Enjoy a delightful dining experience at the Merriweather Café. This month, a selection of sandwiches, salads, and warm entrées will be offered through counter-style service. Full service dining will return on March 17.

Touring Options

Whether you prefer to experience Hillwood at your own leisurely pace, with the guiding voice of our popular audio tour, or the structure of docent-guided tours, 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
  • Download the audioguide to your mobile device before visiting
  • Participate in a docent-led mansion tour
  • Tour the gardens led by a garden docent knowledgeable about the history and plantings of the gardens

Orientation Film

Start your visit with the orientation film, which provides an introduction to Hillwood and Marjorie Post. The film plays on the quarter-hour in the visitor center.

You can also watch the video here:


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!

Please Note: Dogs are allowed at Hillwood with members on Sunday  mornings only

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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