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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.

Merriweather Café
Enjoy a delightful dining experience at the Merriweather Café

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:

Staff at Your Service
Hillwood's expert team of dedicated staff is here to help if you have any questions or concerns during your visit. So that they can provide you with great service, please remember: 

  • The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion apply to all aspects of Hillwood's operations, across all categories of individuals. 
  • Verbally abusive, harassing, discriminatory, or threatening statements or behavior toward Hillwood staff or other visitors is prohibited. 
  • If you have left something behind at the museum, please call the visitor services department at 202.686.5807 or email If you are currently visiting Hillwood, you can inquire directly at the front desk in the visitor center.
  • Please follow the instructions of security officers and museum attendants. 
  • See here for more information on access to Hillwood for visitors with disabilities.

Hillwood reserves the right to refuse or revoke the admission of any visitor whose conduct violates these guidelines.

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!

Dog Policy
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.