Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

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#8 of 27 in Parks in Washington DC
Part of the Smithsonian Institution and one of the most prominent modern art museums in the United States, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden creates a striking picture among the historical and functional architecture of the city. Joseph H. Hirshhorn bequeathed his collection to the United States as a gift for the life the country gave him as a new immigrant. The building is a hollow cylinder surrounded by a renowned sculpture garden that showcases the work of Rodin and others. Permanent and temporary exhibits showcase artwork from the French impressionists to the latest in contemporary art. Some of these exhibits are interactive, such as Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Washington, D.C., where visitors' wishes hang from the branches. Visit the attraction's website for details on current exhibits, including performance art and lectures. Guided public tours take place on the weekends, but the rest of the week visitors are encouraged to enjoy the galleries on their own. Put Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Washington DC road trip planning app .
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  • As a first time visitor to the Hirshhorn Museum I loved the sparseness which was used to great effect by the artworks. Went specifically to see Ai Weiwei's exhibition which was not disappointing. Was ...  more »
  • The Hirshhorn is a must for lovers of contemporary art. This particular visit was very rewarding: the exhibit by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, "Pickett's Charge" and the video work by Ed Atkins set to Rave...  more »
  • Despite the "Pickett's Charge" and Abbottabad display, the place is a depressing display for those who want to see genius or worthy attempts at modern art. The Pickett's circular display is of average...  more »
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  • Nice place to visit once, not much to see again, but one can go and hang out in their large lounge like areas with coffee. Part of interesting exhibits were closed again. It'd be nice if they give heads up in the website. The coffee there is great, one must surely try. The art store has some interesting items for marked up price.
  • Enjoy both the infrastructure of the museum and the works of art within. The circular layout with more exhibition spaces branching out around it is unique. I appreciate when Mark Bradford uses the curvature of the walls to showcase his eight huge canvases; a mixed media piece collectively named "Pickett's Charge". They are worth your time sitting in front of them to soak in the colors, texture, and emotion they seek to trigger. There are some construction going on during my visit and so, the experience was a little "distracting". Nevertheless, I am glad to have visited it.
  • Never seen anything quite like it. The entire museum (not counting the plaza and sculpture garden, which are also worth visiting) is comprised of six rotating exhibits split between three levels - two above the entry level and one below. It’s definitely not for everyone and there is adult content in some of the exhibits (it’s not for children) but I thoroughly enjoy my time here every time. It’s a quick visit, especially if you don’t do the whole thing so I recommend coming here after or before seeing aerospace, American History, or natural history for a nice change of pace.
  • Unbelievable place. Flows easily even with big crowds. Felt completely re-inspired. Awesome stuff to see and interact with. Fascinating displays on the 3rd floor. Will go again!!
  • The circular design of the museum's building facilitates its role as host to both indoor exhibits and an outdoor sculpture garden. The sculpture garden has some interesting pieces, but I got tired of seeing so many pieces by Henry Moore. The exhibits inside were phenomenal. We visited in 2018, and as an online creator I was very taken by The Message, which touched on many issues that I have grappled with.
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