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Group Tours

Garden clubs, social groups, bus tours, senior centers, and church groups are all invited to enjoy the distinct experience of visiting Hillwood together. 

Ample free parking, numerous touring options, and delicious group dining make Hillwood the perfect destination for your group of 10 or more people.

As long-standing members of the American Bus Association and the National Tour Association, we easily accommodate motor coaches with advance reservations.

Group Tour Options

Self guided tours

Groups may select our twenty-four-page printed tour booklet or various audio tours of the mansion and gardens. By selecting this self-guided tour option, groups may enjoy Hillwood at their leisure and allow time to view special exhibitions, tour the greenhouse, and find collections-related gifts in the museum shop.

Docent-led Tours

Groups may tour the mansion and/or gardens with knowledgeable volunteer docents, based on preset tour times, seasonal availability, and advance arrangements. Guided tours last one hour. Docent-led tours must be confirmed two weeks in advance.

Customized Tours

For an additional cost, Hillwood can create a unique tour for your group—focusing on specific items in the collection, in the gardens, or in Russian or French—at a time that is convenient for your group. Customized tours must be confirmed at least two weeks in advance.

Virtual Tours

Hillwood is happy to offer virtual tours for groups of 10 or more. Marjorie Merriweather Post purchased Hillwood with the intent to leave it as a museum that would inspire and educate the public, and we are so excited to bring the mansion to you. 

Gather with friends and join a trained volunteer docent to learn about Post, her rich collections, and how they are experienced today very much as they were in Post’s time. View photos, collection highlights, and archival images, while asking questions in real time. Tours are held via Zoom and last 1 hour. Cost is $10 per person | $7 per Hillwood member.


For groups of ten or more wishing to dine, please view our lunch menus. Call 202.243.3914 or email to make your advance reservation. Lunch orders and final payment are due one week prior to your visit. Merriweather Café space is based on availability.

Celebrate the holidays at Hillwood! Groups of 10 or more are invited to enjoy a special holiday afternoon tea, now through January 8, 2023. Contact the group sales manager to reserve.

Booking a Group Tour

To book a group tour, please complete the Group Tour Reservation Form.

Here you will answer all the questions we will need to accommodate your group, such as date, number of guests, and tour and dining preferences .

Once you have your request complete, you can return the form in three ways: 

  • Fax to Hillwood at 202.243.3914
  • Email
  • Mail to Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20008, Attn: Group Tours

You will be notified of your group reservation by phone or email within 48 hours of receipt. 

For group inquiries please email or call 202.243.3914.

Special Events

Hillwood welcomes corporate and non-profit organizations and offers several indoor and outdoor event venues. Private events, such as weddings, are not permitted. For information about hosting a special event at Hillwood please email or call 202.243.3914.