Marjorie Merriweather Post lived an illustrious life as a businesswoman, philanthropist, and socialite. Though her Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago has arguably become more well-known, it’s her DC residence, Hillwood Estate, that best exemplifies her spirit.
In her lifetime, Post accumulated a remarkable collection of artwork, with a particular interest in Russian imperial and eighteenth-century French art. Her Hillwood estate showcased this collection, as well as more than two dozen acres of landscaped and natural gardens and woodland.
Today, the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens exhibit collections of artwork, jewelry and fashion, and other beautiful works. Visitors have the opportunity to peruse the current exhibits, or wander the gardens. Without leaving the property, you can experience Russian paintings, Japanese sculptures, and French waterworks—it’s a truly multicultural experience near your luxury apartment in downtown Washington DC.
For its beauty and its history, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens has plenty to see. Advanced reservations are available through their website or, if you’d prefer, docent-led virtual tours are offered through Zoom.
Visiting in person, though, is well worth the trip—not only does it offer the full effect of the artwork Marjorie Merriweather Post so valued, but it offers the Merriweather To-Go Café and Museum Shop. But, however you take in the Hillwood experience, it’s one you won’t soon forget.