A hidden gem of magnificent proportions, for only those in the know. Merriweather Post Hillwood, prominent businesswoman and heiress to the Post Cereal fortune, fashioned her estate next to Rock Creek Park to be an extraordinarily stately and luxurious site for entertaining guests, housing her impressive art collections, and with the intention of leaving it behind for the world to enjoy. The mansion is a treasure trove of French and Russian decorative arts, much of which she obtained from the USSR, whose government under Stalin was then auctioning off a good portion of its cultural heritage to finance its war efforts. Second in grandeur only to the art collection itself are the French and Japanese-style gardens-great places to linger long after the tour.
4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Nearest Transit: Van Ness-UDC (Red Line)
Hillwood Estate and Nearby Attractions on Map
National Cathedral(2.3 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.
Art & Media House(2.2 km)
Columbia Height's Latin American Youth Center's colorful house is dedicated to teaching and encouraging art in the community, and they keep a small art gallery showing exhibits of works by local youths.
Meridian Hill Park(2.8 km)
Meridian Hill Park is a hidden gem if there ever was one.
Mexican Cultural Center(2.3 km)
Housed in the beautiful former Embassy of Mexico, the cultural center has a nice collection of Mexican artwork, and puts on frequent classical and other musical performances, as well as film screenings, lectures, and other events.
Stoddard Baptist Home(1.3 km)
Mount Pleasant's residential streets are filled with beautiful old single-family homes and rowhouses, and several old estates.
National Zoo(1.7 km)
The National Zoological Park in Washington DC is home to over 2000 animals across 400 species from around the world.
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