Spring in the gardens


There's something new in every season

Plan Your Visit

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. Before arriving, please review our visitor policies.

Merriweather Café
Enjoy a delightful dining experience at the Merriweather Café

Restrooms are available in the following locations on the estate:

  • Visitor Center: Accessible with changing station
  • Mansion: Accessible companion care
  • Merriweather Café: Accessible
  • C.W. Post: Accessible companion care with changing station
  • Dacha: Not Accessible. Available on the lower level. Enter using the outdoor stairs on the side of the building.

Touring Options
Download Hillwood's dynamic mobile app to make the most of exploring the gardens. Mansion and gardens tours will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to docent availability.

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 audio guide
  • Download the audio guide to your mobile device before visiting
  • Participate in a docent-led mansion tour
    • Mansion tours are offered daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with an additional tour at 3:30 p.m. Fri-Sun. Tours last approximately one hour and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please inquire about availability when checking in on the day of your visit. 
  • Tour the gardens led by a garden docent knowledgeable about the history and plantings of the gardens. 
    • Garden tours are offered seasonally in spring and fall at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please inquire about availability when checking in on the day of your visit.

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:

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!

Book your visit
Click here for hours and suggested donation prices.