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Groups of all kinds enjoy the immersive, multi-part experience at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C.

Lynn Rossotti, director of marketing, communications and visitor services, noted groups are able to tailor a visit according to their preferences.

Groups may elect to incorporate a tour of the exquisite mansion, filled with Marjorie Merriweather Post’s incredible collection of French 18th-century and Russian imperial art, plus the elegant artifacts of her own life, including her elegant attire and dazzling jewels.

Guided tours are available by reservation for groups of 10 or more, or groups may also see the mansion at their own pace.

Hillwood Estate
Hillwood Estate, Washington, D.C.
Credit: Photography by Erik Kvalsvik, Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Seasonal tours of Hillwood’s 13 acres of formal gardens take place in spring and fall.

Groups of 10 or more may reserve space on the regularly scheduled daily tours, or the group may arrange for its own private tours.

“Adult groups are always delighted to find this hidden gem in Washington, D.C.,” Rossotti said. “They enjoy not just immersing themselves in the beautiful garden setting, but the overall experience that is inspired by the life of its founder, leaving with the feeling they have been treated to the gracious hospitality that was her legacy. Whether they come for the gardens, the art, or special exhibitions, most visitors are surprised to learn about the extraordinary life of Marjorie Merriweather Post, who was not just a collector, but a philanthropist, businesswoman and trailblazing woman who was well ahead of her time.”

With the art, gardens and remnants of Post’s extraordinary life, there is something for everyone in a group to enjoy, Rossotti said.

Hillwood Estate
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.
Credit: Photography by Erik Kvalsvik, Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Groups can arrange for special custom tours or even hands-on floral workshops, when arranged in advance and as available.

There is free parking for motorcoaches.

“Of course, all visits are made complete with lunch in the delightful Merriweather Cafe,” Rossotti said. “Groups of 10 or more can make special arrangements for group dining when arranged in advance. The dining options are terrific and adds a special touch to the group visit.”

For more information on Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens go to hillwoodmuseum.org.