The Mansion that Became a Museum

"I want young Americans to see how someone lived in the twentieth century and how this person could collect works of art the way I have... I want to share this with the rest of the world."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    —Marjorie Merriweather Post

Russian Sacred Art
Russian Sacred Arts Gallery

Explore icons created for the veneration of saints, elaborate chalices used for communion and vestments, chalice covers, altar cloths, and other religious textiles.


Marjorie Post maintained strong ties to the eighteenth-century French decorating style that she developed in the 1920s, transferring much of this look to her new home at Hillwood in the mid-1950s. This did not keep her from updating her Georgian-style mansion with the most modern conveniences that money could buy. Journey through her final home to experience the elegant French drawing room, the efficient and “high-tech” kitchen and pantry, and the many personal touches that made Hillwood one of Washington’s most memorable homes.