Visit the historic Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens and experience the life led by Marjorie Merriweather Post (March 15, 1887-September 12, 1973), whose passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, art, history, and gardens provided the perfect foundation for her mansion to become a museum.
The estate features a mix of permanent and temporary displays, from decorative arts and objects, artwork, historic fashions and jewelry, to historic and culturally significant pieces from France and Russia and more extensive temporary exhibits—all that explore the life and times of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a leading American socialite and accomplished philanthropist.
Top tips for visiting:
“I want young Americans to see how someone lived in the twentieth century and how this person could collect works of art the way I have…I want to share this with the rest of the world.”
– Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens highlights:
Explore the estate’s 13 acres of formal gardens, including the Rose Garden, Four Seasons Overlook, Japanese-style Garden, French Parterre, Lunar Lawn, Putting Green, and more. Each of the “outdoor rooms” was designed to complement Hillwood’s interior spaces – a vision of Marjorie Post’s carried out by famed landscape architects Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel.
Tour the Hillwood’s meticulously decorated and maintained Entry Hall, French Drawing Room, Dining Room, Post Bedroom Suite, Breakfast Room, Second Floor Library, and more. You’ll get a sense for what life was like for Marjorie and the attention to detail she paid to every visible aspect of her estate and the overall vision she had for her space.
Visit the Russian Sacred Arts Gallery, a collection of religious items Marjorie gathered in attempt to preserve an important part of Russian life during the Soviet Union destruction of churches, mosques, and temples in Russia. This collection of items features elaborate chalices used for religious ceremonies, chalice covers, altar cloths, and more.
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s collection of jewelry is said to be one of the greatest collections of the twentieth century with some of the most remarkable stones and pieces made to adorn royalty, aristocracy, high society, and Hollywood’s elite. A selection of her jewels is on view on a rotating basis.
December 9 and 10, 2017
March 17, 2018
March 24 and 25, 2018
May 13, 2018
July 14, 2018
December 8 and 9, 2018
Note: Full Suggested Admission is $18.00 per adult. If you were to buy a museum ticket at the museum ticket counter instead of using your pass for admission, the amount you would pay would be up to you.Passes cannot be used for festivals, special programs and workshops. Please check calendar of events for details.