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Timothy Corrigan's concept for The Artistic Table
Exhibition: The Artistic Table
02/17/2018 - 03/10/2018 (more information)
Timothy Corrigan's concept for The Artistic Table
Exhibition: The Artistic Table
02/17/2018 - 03/10/2018 (more information)
Plate, Imperial Glass Manufactory, St. Petersburg, Russia, ca. 1846
Plate, Imperial Glass Manufactory, St. Petersburg, Russia, ca. 1846
Exhibition: The Artistic Table
Exhibition: The Artistic Table
02/17/2018 - 03/10/2018 (more information)
Exhibition: The Artistic Table
02/17/2018 - 03/10/2018 (more information)
Exhibition: The Artistic Table

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 686-5807
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www.HillwoodMuseum.org

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Museum Hours:
Tuesday through Sunday (as if March 1, 2015) 10 am to 5 pm.
Select Sundays and evenings.
Closed the month of January, Mondays, and most national holidays.

Suggested Donation:
$18; $15 for visitors 65 and older; $10 for full-time college students; $5 for children age 6 to 18. free for children under 6 and Hillwood members.

Location:
In the Forest Hills neighborhood of northwest Washington, DC
Take the Metro red line to VanNess/UDC (20 minute walk)

Founder:
Marjorie Merriweather Post
Post cereal heiress, art collector and philanthropist

When:
Purchased by Post in 1955. Opened as a public museum in 1977

Collections:
One of the premiere art collector’s museums in the United States, Hillwood’s collection includes the most comprehensive assemblage of 18th- and 19th-century Russian imperial art outside of Russia and one of the country’s most notable collections of French decorative art.

Marjorie Merriweather Post and Hillwood’s Russian collection
Marjorie Merriweather Post was the only child of cereal magnate C.W. Post. She inherited the Postum Company in 1914 and began collecting art in the 1920s, with a focus on French furniture and decorative art. Her impassioned eye for the classical and finely-crafted was promptly turned toward while she was posted in the Soviet Union. During these years, the Soviet government was selling many of the treasures it had appropriated from the church, the imperial family, and the aristocracy in an effort to finance the new government's industrialization plan. She acquired the nucleus of her Russian holdings at this time, but she continued to collect French and Russian art for the rest of her life, eventually amassing the most comprehensive Russian imperial collection outside of Russia. After viewing the exhibition in the Dacha, visitors can discover highlighted objects in the mansion, including the 1836 Pair of Vases with German Paintings given to Post, on behalf of the Soviet government, by Madame Molotova, wife of prime minister and later foreign minister of the Soviet Union, upon the ambassador’s departure from Moscow.

Estate:
The historic Georgian-style mansion was originally designed by John Diebert in 1926 and extensively enlarged and redesigned in the mid-1950s by architect Alexander McIlvaine and New York design firms of McMillen, Inc. and French and Company. Situated on 25 acres of landscaped gardens and in northwest Washington, DC, Hillwood was Post’s residence in DC until she died in 1973. Thirty-six rooms include an entry hall, Russian porcelain room, French drawing room, icon room housing the Fabergé pieces, pavilion, formal dining room, breakfast room, two libraries, several bedrooms, and a Russian Liturgical Gallery.

Gardens:
Redesigned between 1955 and 1957 by landscape architects Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel, 13 acres of landscaped gardens, surrounded by 12 acres of natural woodlands, include a rose garden, formal French parterre, large, crescent-shaped lunar lawn, Japanese-style garden, cutting gardens, and greenhouses.

Programs:
A lively array of programs, lectures, films, and workshops illustrates Hillwood’s dedication to engaging thousands of visitors with an experience inspired by Post’s passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, and intent to preserve and share the beauty and history of her collections, garden, and estate.

Mission:
To enlighten and engage visitors with an experience inspired by founder Marjorie Merriweather Post’s passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, and intent to preserve and share the beauty and history of her collections, gardens, and estate.

Library:
The holdings of the Art Research Library at Hillwood reflect the museum’s collection of imperial Russian and 18th-century French decorative arts within a broad historical and social context. The library now encompasses a dynamic research collection of over 30,000 volumes, which includes over 14,000 monographs, over 40 current serial subscriptions, and nearly 13,000 auction-house catalogues.
Museum Shop: Features merchandise inspired by the collections, gardens, and the graciousness of Post’s lifestyle and hospitality, including books, stationery, jewelry, gifts, and children’s items.

Café:
The charming café features a light fare of salads, sandwiches, and entrees, as well as Afternoon Tea.
Lunch from 11 am to 3 pm
Tea from 2:30 to 4 pm

Exhibition

The Artistic Table
February 17, 2018 - June 10, 2018
(more information)

Events

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