Most famous for its role in 1944, when world leaders convened here to draw up the United Nations charter. But that's not why you should come. The extensive gardens are the biggest draw; they are extraordinarily beautiful - almost palatial-and peaceful, uncrowded. The best time to come is a Spring weekday, when the gardens are practically empty, and the trees are budding with bright pinks and purples. The mansion, built in 1800 for John Calhoun (one of the most powerful senators in American history), houses an extraordinary collection of pre-Columbian and Byzantine art. And rest assured a stroll around the mansion would be worthwhile even without the exhibits. Don't thank Sen. Calhoun for all this though; he was rather a boor. The second owners, the Blisses, a wealthy couple from the U.S. Foreign Service, are responsible for the magnificent landscaping and collections. If you are up for a little homework, look for Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, commissioned by Mrs. Bliss for their 30th wedding anniversary.
1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Nearest Transit: Woodley Park (Red Line)
Dumbarton Oaks and Nearby Attractions on Map
Declaration of Independence Memorial(3.2 km)
A little known memorial stands on the island in the Constitution Gardens Lake, dedicated to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial(3 km)
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National Cathedral(1.8 km)
The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, better known as the National Cathedral, is the seat of the Bishop of the Episcopal Church and the Bishop of the Diocese of Washington.
The Phillips Collection(1.4 km)
The Phillips Collection, opened in 1921, is America's first museum of modern art.
Old Executive Office Building(2.7 km)
The Eisenhower Executive Office Building was built in 1871 to house the War and Navy Departments, replacing the obsolete War Office building on the same site.
Renwick Gallery(2.7 km)
The building that now houses the Renwick Gallery was originally the home of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Corcoran Museum of Art(2.9 km)
This is the oldest art gallery in the American capital, housed in a beautiful, large Beaux-Arts building.
Diplomatic Reception Rooms(2.7 km)
The Department of State offers guided tours of its formal reception rooms, used for official meetings with foreign representatives.
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