Press Room

News, Events, and Background Information

Hillwood is dedicated to enlightening and engaging visitors with an experience inspired by founder Marjorie Merriweather Post’s passion for beauty, gracious hospitality, and intent to share the history of her collections, gardens, and estate.

This page features news about the latest programs, acquisitions, and staff activities that are part of the vibrant and dynamic nature of Hillwood and background about its history and founding.

2023 News and Events

Holidays at Hillwood | Making Spirits Bright, beginning November 21, 2023

2022 News and Events

Hillwood Acquires Pieces from the Paley-Romanov Collection to Enhance Russian Art and Library Collections, October 28, 2022

Haute Holidays at Hillwood, beginning November 22, 2022

Hillwood announces a new publication, The Houses and Collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post: The Joy of It, September 14, 2022

Contemporary ceramicist brings provocative interpretation of 18th-century porcelain to Hillwood, April 4, 2022

2021 News and Events

A Jazzy, Jolly Holiday, beginning Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Hillwood hosts series of jazz programs in the gardens this September, August 27, 2021

Hillwood and Dance Place announce site-specific performance commission, May 18, 2021

2020 News and Events

Season's Greetings, beginning Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Hillwood announces a new publication, A Garden for All Seasons, March 4, 2020

2019 News and Events

A Very Merriweather Christmas, beginning Tuesday, November 19, 2019

2018 News and Events

Hillwood announces two curatorial appointments, February 2018

2017 News and Events

Hillwood Displays Russian Porcelain Loans from Kathleen Durdin, October 10, 2017

Hillwood Announces New Collections and Curatorial Leadership, June 27, 2017

Hillwood Mourns Death of Dina Merrill Hartley, May 23, 2017

Hillwood Mourns Death of Chief Curator Liana Paredes, March 17, 2017

2015/2016 News and Events

The Personal Library of Professor Anthony Cross, Historian and Scholar of 18th Century Russian Studies, is now Catalogued and Housed at Hillwood

Haute Holidays, beginning Tuesday, November 24

Faberge Egg Family Festival, Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29

2014 News and Events

A Cartier Christmas at Hillwood, beginning November 25

Hillwood opens new Russian Sacred Arts Gallery

Hillwood presents a GLBT program series this September

Refurbished Staff Dining Room, a model of mid-century design, offers a view of staff life at Hillwood in the 1950s and 60s. 

Hillwood acquires three items, ranging from 1873 to 1936, to add depth to the museum’s Russian imperial, Soviet-era, and research collections. Click here for the press release.

Celebrate Bastille Day at French Festival on Saturday, July 12

Hillwood appoints Wilfried Zeisler to curator of 19th-century art; first project: re-date the Twelve Monogram Fabergé imperial Easter egg

Celebrate spring with the Faberge Egg Family Festival on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hillwood Highlights now on Google Art Project

2014 News and Events

Holidays at Hillwood 2013

20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style lecture on Thursday, November 21, 2014

Gay Day, celebrating Marjorie Post's flawless style of living and entertaining, is Saturday, September 28

French Festival, with Alliance Francaise, on Saturday, July 13

Divas Outdoors: Classic Films Under the Stars, featuring Queen Bee, Friday, June 7 2013

Hillwood Welcomes New Staff Members in Collections and Development, April 2013

Hillwood Acquires Rare Piece of Tula Steel in memory of longtime curator Anne C. Odom (1935-2011), March 2013

2012 News and Events

Hillwood Appoints Judith Paska as New Director of Development, August 29, 2012

Hillwood extends closing date of Prêt-à-Papier to January 20, 2013

Fashion and design programs add perspective to the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave: Martin Kamer and Fortuny's Interiors

Holidays 2012

Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration, October 27, 2012

Nuit de la Mode, September 22, 2012

Gay Day, September 15, 2012

French Festival, July 2012, in partnership with the Alliance Française de Washington

Orchid Month, March 2012