This institution is one of the world’s most comprehensive collectors of 18th and 19th century Russian imperial art outside Russia. Today, the collection numbers more than 16,000 objects, and continues to grow. Along with a strong collection of Faberge items, the museum’s holdings include a diamond crown worn by Empress Alexandra at her marriage to Nicholas II, Francois Boucher’s Beauvais tapestries, William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s La Nuit, and a collection of costumes and other clothing. Recent exhibitions have showcased Sevres porcelain and art related to cooking in Europe from 1650 to 1850.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by Metrobus L1 or L2. Also accessible by Metrorail, but requires a 20-minute walk from the Van Ness/UDC Metro station on the Red Line)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sundays by reservation only. (Note: On the days of your visit, go to the Visitor Center to make arrangements, or if you prefer call 202-686-5807 to make advance reservations, or reserve online. On spring weekends, daily availability may be limited, so advance reservations are preferred. Reservations are required for most Sunday visits.)
- Admission: $12, seniors (65+) $10, full-time college students $7, children (6–18) $5
- Tours: Tours of the Mansion are offered Tuesday–Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and on select Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Garden tours are offered in the spring and fall at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All tours require advance reservations
- Audio Tours: Free
- Membership: Individual Friends membership is $50 annually. Membership provides guaranteed access to tour the estate, guaranteed access for Friends’ guests in groups of eight or fewer, two guest passes per year, as well as invitations to annual exhibition previews and Friends-only events.