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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 Hillwood. 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.

Now open!

Enjoy a delightful new dining experience at the Merriweather Café. A redesigned space paired with a refreshing new menu will offer the perfect  complement to your Hillwood visit.

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 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
  • 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 a welcome from executive director Kate Markert by way of the orientation film, which provides an introduction to Hillwood and Marjorie Post. The film plays every half-hour in the visitor center.

Want to save time on the day of your visit? Watch the video here:

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens Orientation from Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens on Vimeo.

Group Tours

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.

Book your visit.

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