Plan Your Visit
Hillwood is excited to welcome back safely the community to enjoy access to the museum and gardens. As of Saturday, June 12, we are no longer requiring advance reservations for timed entry to visit Hillwood. As spring is our busiest season, we still encourage visitors to book their tickets online in advance to ensure a smooth check-in.
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. While many of our staff and visitors are still unvaccinated, we ask all our guests to do their part in keeping everyone at Hillwood safe. While CDC guidelines note that with the efficacy of COVID vaccines, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask indoors, the CDC specifies local mask ordinances still apply. As DC has an indoor mask recommendation, 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.
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 coronavirus.dc.gov for more information.
Stay at home if you are sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have had known exposure to the virus.
Limit those visiting with you. The maximum group size is 6 people.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Enjoy a delightful dining experience at the Merriweather Café.
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
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.
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