Cutting garden in fall


There's something new in every season

Plan Your Visit

Hillwood is excited to welcome back safely the community to enjoy access to the museum and gardens. Advance reservations are not required, though we still encourage visitors to book their tickets online in advance to ensure a smooth check-in. Please review our full list of hints and tips for help planning your visit. 

The museum shop and Merriweather Café are also open for business.

Please note: In accordance with CDC guidelines, visitors who are fully vaccinated may remove their face masks in outdoor spaces while using appropriate social distancing. We continue to encourage visitors to wear a mask at all times, as many of our garden paths are narrow and social distancing may not always be possible. As D.C. has an indoor mask mandate, Hillwood will enforce mask wearing indoors at all times for all visitors, including those who are vaccinated. 

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 change as we continue to follow local and national recommendations.

  • Face masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 

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

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Visitors not following requirements may be asked to leave.

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

We look 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 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.

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 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 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!

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.

Click here for hours and suggested donation prices.