Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens was founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post, an American socialite, who used to collect religious artworks that originated from Soviet Union. The mansion turn museum is home to a large collection of Russian imperial artworks of the 18th and 19th Century Russia. The heirlooms of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s collections comprise of furniture, jewels, paintings, Fabergé eggs, textiles, and glass pieces.
The most comprehensive collection is shown outside Russia in the museum as advertised by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. The tourist attraction in DC resides nearby the Rock Creek Park, a public park that intersects Washington DC’s Northwest quadrant. The museum comprises of thirty-six rooms, and is home to artworks including tapestries, porcelain collections, and decorative arts reminiscent of the times gone by.
The Hillwood gardens spans twenty-five acres and comprise of a circularly designed rose garden, a garden that features an area where plants are grown divided by footpaths surrounded by Ivy plants. Named ‘French Parterre,’ the garden brings the feel of a small 18th-Century garden. It is divided into 4 parts that are replete with water channels, footpaths, and a pool featuring glass tile.
Marjorie Merriweather Post designed ‘French Parterre,’ in 1957 as a throwback to the parterre garden that she had below the windows of her bedroom 40 years prior to the Hillwood Estate in NYC’s Long Island. It is a garden in the previous estate, which she constructed with her husband E.F. Hutton.
In the estate in Washington DC, Marjorie had a window in the bedroom suite in the mansion’s second floor. It was placed there so that she could see French parterre garden’s patterns while doing household chores from her bedroom. The garden expands on the design of the adjacent French interiors and reflects the passion Marjorie shared for the plush architecture and culture of France of the 18th Century.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens stays open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm. It is closed as of now and is set to reopen on February 03, 2018. You will have to pay a small amount of donation to visit this place, but the ‘fee’ is worth exploring the attraction in DC via private Washington DC tours. However, entry is free for members and children aged below six.