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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Closes in 17 min: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Hirshorn Museum features an exciting collection of 20th-century art and its companion scultpture garden is not to be missed.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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7th St & Independence Ave. SW, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Didn't know what to expect. Seems to be a lesser visited Smithsonian museum. I'm soooo glad I stopped in. Really cool, modern art and outdoor sculpture garden. Just the right size for an art gallery. Great coffee bar too. Not to be missed.

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The problem with museums that collect things that they can’t dispaly is that most of it ends up in warehouses. How does the donor of items to such a museum as this, have their wishes fulfilled, if there bequests spend more time in storage than...More

Thank GavinChappell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I will start by saying that those who do not love art will probably not enjoy this museum. But those who do, and are willing to be intellectually challenged, this is a must see. Its iconic brutalist design lends itself well to the type of...More

Thank mjsheridan130
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sculptures outside are amazing. There is the giant pumpkin, the car with the rock on it, the brushstroke, the fighting men - lots to see. I wasn't too taken by the exhibitions inside, but they change regularly so it's worth taking a chance.

Thank RavenousReader
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because of the highly intellectual content of the material presented this is one of the less popular of the Washington museums and a great place to go during the weekend, when the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is too crowded for comfort. When I went...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was in DC accompanying my husband who was there for business. I did some sightseeing on my own in the morning and decided to take a walk down the stairs by the Museum to the gardens. I was there for over an hour -...More

Thank travelingtips
Reviewed 17 August 2018

The Hirshhorn is a beautiful building filled with and surrounded by modern art. The art includes huge sculptures outside (the famous giant yellow pumpkin) and every medium of art inside. The interior exhibits include sculptures (for example the giant nude angry baby man), paintings, multi-media...More

Thank Dan P
Reviewed 15 August 2018

We chose to visit the Hirshorn first during our DC visit and it did not disappoint us! Some art was fascinating, other pieces disturbed us--which seemed entirely fitting. The outdoor sculptures made our jaws drop before we had even entered the building. Wonderful experience.

Thank prairiebox
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Personally, I got puzzled and confused with the certain exhibitions around the Museum. It is true art pushes our minds and opens our horizons. I think walking around the corridors of the building and looking at the themes, I was in anticipation to find something...More

Reviewed 26 July 2018

It's best to start on the 3rd floor and work your way down to the gift shop. Right now, there's a Barbara Kruger piece downstairs. This art is Modern and Contemporary art. It's hard to find a peaceful landscape on view.

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31 March 2018|
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Response from S S | Reviewed this property |
It’s always been free when I have visited, even for the special exhibitions. Sometimes you need to reserve space for lectures, etc. but that was also free. Check out si.edu for all the latest info and enjoy! They also have... More
22 July 2017|
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Response from baldeagle46 | Reviewed this property |
It depends how crowded it is and what exhibit is there-weekends usually require more time
23 June 2017|
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Response from Lori H | Reviewed this property |
I would say an hour or so depending how much you enjoy the exhibits.