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Rediscovering D.C.: Christmas at Hillwood and Faberge' Exhibit
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 10:15 AM until 4:00 PM
This activity is limited to Members and one Guest.
Our day trip will include an orientation film, a guided tour of the Faberge' Rediscovered exhibit, a casual lunch in the self-service Hillwood Express Cafe, then a guided tour of the mansion in its holiday finery before returning to Southwest and the Navy Yard at approximately 4pm.
$20 fee includes admission to Hillwood and both tours; lunch is additional.
Transportation: Complimentary for Full Members; $15 round trip for Supporting and Prospective Members. We are also happy to book a shared Uber for you at an estimated fare of $19 plus tip each way for up to 4 persons sharing. You may also meet us at Hillwood Estate, which offers complimentary parking. If you need to shorten your day, we can arrange transportation home after the mansion tour or lunch but there can be no adjustment in the ticket cost.
Village FlexPlan: As we must pay for our tours in advance, refunds cannot be provided. However, if you cancel by November 27, a full credit will be applied to your Village account, to use for future activities of your membership renewal.
If you've enjoyed previous Village summer outings to Hillwood, this holiday tour will be a fresh narration for you, and lunch will be in a casual but upscale self-service dining area rather than the full-service restaurant we have visited in the past.
All Hillwood venues are ADA compliant.
One of the premier art collector's museums in the United States, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is dedicated to enlightening and engaging 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, garden and estate.
Hillwood Estate is situated on 25 acres of landscaped gardens in northwest Washington, D.C. It includes a Georgian-style mansion featuring Russian Imperial art and French decorative art. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful place to visit in Washington. It was Marjorie Merriweather Post's residence until she died in 1973.
Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century both for their remarkable craftsmanship and for the fascinating histories that surround them. Now, a special exhibition at Hillwood will unveil new discoveries relating to its own collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works.
The famous discovery in 2014 of a long lost imperial Easter egg—Tsar Alexander III’s 1887 Easter gift to his wife, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna—by a scrap metal dealer in the Midwest not only made headlines, but also prompted new findings about Hillwood’s own collection. Newly uncovered facts relating to the rediscovered egg confirmed that The Twelve Monogram Egg, long believed to have been made in 1895, was actually one of two imperial Easter eggs fabricated in 1896.
The fascination with Fabergé continues to uncover new facts and discoveries about the storied jeweler to the court of St. Petersburg and his creations. Fabergé Rediscovered will unveil recent research and discoveries like that above. It will bring to light new attributions and provenances and provide a broader framework to study, explore, and appreciate nineteenth and twentieth-century jewelry and goldsmithing. The exhibition and an accompanying publication will also explore how the name Fabergé, inseparable from the tragic fate of the Romanovs, came to be associated with extreme luxury and technical perfection.