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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This was an unexpected find as we were walking the mall, and I'm glad we went in. I'm a fan of Rodin's sculptures, and the sculpture garden had a couple of notable works, and the exhibit by Laurie...
This was an unexpected find as we were walking the mall, and I'm glad we went in. I'm a fan of Rodin's sculptures, and the sculpture garden had a couple of notable works, and the exhibit by Laurie... more »
In planning our weekend in DC (first visit in 8 years), all in the name of art, I made time to visit the Hirshhorn for the first time! I had heard that their sculpture collection was worth seeing...
In planning our weekend in DC (first visit in 8 years), all in the name of art, I made time to visit the Hirshhorn for the first time! I had heard that their sculpture collection was worth seeing... more »
We only had time to walk through the Laurie Anderson exhibit, but it was dually chilling and perspective-altering. I would especially recommend stopping and really reading and thinking through everything. Something truly intriguing was the AI-written version of the Bible. Reading about the “animal friend” gave me shivers. Overall really cool experience!
It was under renovation but you still can visit and enjoy art show inside without being distracted by. The Marcel Duchamp legacy exhibit “It’s Art If I Say So” was informative and interesting, if you plan your next visit, pay attention on the white toilet that was almost mentioned in some of the artworks. Can you count how many are they? 😉 Don’t miss out the drawing your shadow in “Call it A Little Game Between ’I’ and ‘Me’” exhibit. While you walk between exhibits, don’t forget to feel the Mark Bradford “Pickett’s Charge” that goes around the building. Check on the Laurie Anderson “The Weather” Exhibition! It was a breathtaking! Also don’t forget to stop by the lower level exhibit of Barbara Kruger “Belief + Doubt” around the shop area. And when you leaving to the Sculpture Garden, don’t be surprised of the wide coffee tables from tree root in the lobby! Awesome!
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