Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

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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. Use our Washington DC travel itinerary maker to visit Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on your trip to Washington DC, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This was probably my least favorite museum. I am not an art aficionado by any means, but I can appreciate the delicate balance of a Calder mobile, the humor of a bust made of chocolate, and the heavin...  more »
  • Personal favorite museum in DC! Its free, and hosts world renowned exhibits - what can be better than that! The Hirshhorn has wonderful staff all around - from docents to security guards! Another perk...  more »
  • I think I learned that I do not like most modern/abstract art. There is a nice, small Calder mobile type piece. In the basement, is a nice work titled "daily Bread" by an artist whose name I don't rem...  more »

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