The Conservatory is open for free every day from 10am - 5pm, including all weekends and holidays. Visitors explore different plant life from the jungle canopy to the cacti desert, visit the native species from Hawaii and the Mediterranean, and travel back in time 150 million years to a Jurassic landscape! From all of these gardens and more, there is something to delight everyone at the Conservatory.
Open every day from dawn to dusk since 1932, Bartholdi Park remains one of D.C.’s favorite outdoor gardens. Directly across Independence Avenue from the Conservatory, visitors can walk around at their leisure in the two-acre garden. The center of Bartholdi Park hosts the Fountain of Light and Water, also referred to as Bartholdi Fountain. This cast-iron fountain stands 30 feet tall and stuns visitors during the day and when lit up at night.