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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Ave. SW, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington DC, DC 20560
202 357 1000
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Ranked #50 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums, Gardens
Owner description: Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Hirshorn Museum features an exciting collection of 20th-century art and its companion scultpture garden is... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Kawartha Lakes, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The Hirshhorn is clearly aimed at serious artists and art lovers. I'm obviously not serious enough because many of the exhibits were list on me.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

this is a fascinating exhibition on the art and destruction since 1950 -for me it gave a lot of thought impulse and reasons for reflections...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Wow! Where do I start for this museum? First, looking at the building from the outside you expect stuffy , old artifacts. However, once you reach the top of the Escalators be prepared to be shocked and moved and look beyond the definition of art. Current exhibition is " Damage from the 1950s and on" highlights video installments, visual effects,... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Definitely take your ipod wired teen boys to the Hirshhorn Museum. The contemporary art gave my sons a great deal to talk about, even if they thought the exhibits were bizarre, or weird. They engaged the exhibits with questions, laughter, and thoughtfulness. The docent at the information booth suggested 3 exhibits to view if we were short of time and... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a GREAT museum to visit. It's small enough that you don't need to much time, but engaging enough to give it the time you do have. NO kids on school trips stop in here. NO large crowds. The architecture of the building only adds to the greatness of the displays. So worth the trip!

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Shelton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We walked here and walked through the scuplters. There is an ice skating rink in the middle and we enjoyed sitting at the little cafe that had outside tables and taking in the day.

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The Hirshhorn is the contemporary art Smithsonian. Like many of the other Smithsonians, it seemed a little outdated. The building is "Modern Art Museum in the Brutalist Style," an immense cylindrical donut. The interior looks like a 1970s office building with the faux marble floor. The collection here is not that large. The permanent collection is mostly sculpture and can... More

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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

With a science fiction facade among the bureaucratic government buildings, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is decidedly modern, with challenging works that prove engaging and thought provoking. This museum is NOT for people who say, 'that's not art, I could do that" when they look at a Mondrian painting. The special exhibits are always interesting and feature cross-media methods:... More

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Waterford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This was my first visit to this museum. It was a cold day so we did not spend time outdoors in the sculpture garden. On the top floor many galleries were closed off. Maybe they use the non-tourist season to re-do things. This forced us to spend most of our time in the special exhibit "Damage Control." It was very... More

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Admittedly, the foreboding pill-box exterior of the Hirshhorn does not give a warm and fuzzy feeling. Inside spaces can be equally chilly, but what the indoor spaces lack, the outdoor sculpture garden delivers. Art and humans together in a harmonious space. For those who love modern art in all its sleek, uncompromising honesty and even for those who are tired... More

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