Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

(3.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We had planned to go, but time was stopped. Because there are donut-shaped building better exhibited in nearly 1. New exhibit, read the comments of the exhibits there, so replaced it. Art yourself this is what think about what contemporary art seen in the Smithsonian Museum's routine, so it is interesting. Especially exhibited as art real people were surprised! But probably for a limited time. The escalators down to the basement and had become the art wall side. May had the most impact at the Smithsonian in (and did not expect,).
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  • Excellent museum devoted to modern and contemporary art in Washington. Like all Smithsonian Museum, is free. Compact but representative permanent collection. Always have temporary exhibitions.
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  • This is only for those that enjoy modern art. I spent a lot of time looking at things and wondering why they were considered art. One art piece consisted of several video screens depicting an artist b...  more »