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As the District of Columbia has entered Phase 2 of reopening, Hillwood is excited to welcome back the broader community.   

To minimize physical contact and practice social distancing, reservations must be made in advance. No reservations will be taken on site. Reservations are by timed-entry and are limited in order to manage safe capacity. Visitors are required to make their reservations in advance. To ease the process, we strongly encourage you to make your reservation online, as staffing for phone reservations is limited.  

Please note: You are required to select an estate visit entry time to access the estate. This gives you access to enjoy the gardens at your leisure. You may also select an optional mansion and/or exhibition entry time. The special exhibition, Natural Beauties, is located in the dacha, one of the outbuildings in the gardens. We recommend allowing at least 30 minutes between your mansion and special exhibition entry times so you have enough time to enjoy each space. If you do not select a mansion and exhibition entry time you will be unable to enter these buildings during your visit.   

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Before You Visit

Temporary Visitor Guidelines

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers is of the utmost importance at Hillwood. In line with the latest guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the District of Columbia related to COVID-19, Hillwood kindly requests that visitors adhere to the following protocols. 

Please note: Hillwood's policies may chance as we continue to follow local and national recommendations.

  • Anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk state who is traveling for non-essential activities is required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival. If visiting from out-of-state, please refer to for more information.

  • Stay at home if you are sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have had known exposure to the virus. 

  • Face masks are required at all times in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Hillwood does not provide masks. 

  • Limit those visiting with you. The maximum group size is 6 people.

  • All visitors must adhere to posted social distancing guidelines and garden, building, and restroom capacities. In all indoor and outdoor spaces, stay at least six feet away from other visitors, staff, and volunteers. 

  • Follow visitor flow path as posted on signs and visitor map. Click here to download and print the map in advance of your visit.

  • Refrain from approaching Hillwood horticulture and facilities staff working in the gardens and around the estate. 

  • To ensure your continued safety while at Hillwood, follow all instructions from our security team and other staff members during your visit. 

If you have comments or questions about your visit, membership, or upcoming events please contact our visitor services department at or 202.686.5807.  

We are looking forward to seeing you! 


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.

Merriweather Café

Enjoy a delightful dining experience at the Merriweather Café

Touring Options

Please note: Audio guides and docent-led tours are not available during this time. Download Hillwood's dynamic mobile app to make the most of exploring the gardens. 

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

Please note: For your safety, the orientation film will not be available in the theater during this time. 

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.

Book your visit.

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