Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

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#9 of 22 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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  • Frequently changed exhibits, super cool layout, excellent atmosphere. Intriguing artists and pieces. I particularly love the first floor interactive/film exhibits. Either go alone or bring your modern...  more »
  • I've been to the Hirshhorn in the past and enjoyed it very much. The current exhibits, as of November 2017, are a waste of time. I found the Lego portrait exhibit by Weiwei to be tiresome and not well...  more »
  • I don't believe this museum is well known but is worth the visit. Interesting conceptual art videos on bottom level. Great interactive artwork. And the special exhibit featuring Ai WieWie was fantasti...  more »

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