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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  • August 13, 2017
    Yoko Ono!!!! The Four Works for Washington and the World was a surprise! I enjoyed the Hirshhorn Collection of Masterworks  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Once you get past the security checkpoint you can get to work enjoying the artwork. There is plenty to see for free. Our favorite items were all outside.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Visited to see the Ai Weiwei Lego portraits - well worth the trip. The other exhibits were quite unique and interesting.  more »

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