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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 #78 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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138 reviews 138 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful architecture, the sculptures in the garden draw you in. Some modern stuff isn't my thing. The display in the basement by Barbara Kruger - large words in red and black may not sound impressive, but I spent most of my time there. The gift shop was the perfect place to buy a few great souvenirs from the trip. DC... More

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Australia Mauritius
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Billed as one of the best modern art museums in the country. Somewhat small and only had sculpture and photography. No paintings at all.

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Dayton, Texas
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29 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Really didn't understand what it was. Glad it was free because someone would have been giving me a refund.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I took a break from the large Smithsonian building for a first time visit to this art gallery. It was not crowded and the exhibits were enough for me, a novice art enthusiast. I strolled through the upper level then hit the lower level gift shop. Way too many interesting items in that gift shop. Unique and well priced choices.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Yes, it is sad that the top floors are closed for renovations. This however does not discount art that is on display in the museum. In reading the other reviews about the art on display, it appeared to me that people didn't take the time to look or understand the art. That is fine. To Each his/ her own. This... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you're under time constraints, I recommend to SKIP this museum for now. It is undergoing some renovations on the third floor so only 2 floors have limited exhibits. On the basement, there are only 2 rooms with video exhibits: one showing the thrashing of old truck while the other one is showing some cartoon shows/arts comparisons. The second floor... More

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Milton
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The only way to describe the Hirshhorn Museum is weird. My husband and I are very open to art , however, this was a museum of pretty much nothing. The third floor is being renovated , so maybe more interesting stuff was up on that floor, but what we saw were a few bizarre pieces and statues of unusual objects.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

First of all, it's difficult to find the entrance--no grand and welcoming entrance here. We toured the upstairs but sculptures weren't clearly marked. We had to hunt on walls hoping we were reading the right description, which was usually obvious but really? Does it have to be this difficult? The sculptures were uncreatively put in the same circle of the... More

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Elkridge, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The outside sculpture garden had a couple of interesting items, but the inside was very disappointing. What they call art was what I called throw that in the trash. Seriously people, I know art is an expression of the artist, but I really think most of the art in this building is uninteresting and just horrible. Also, the 3rd floor... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Great way to relax and enjoy some art. Really enjoyed the museum and the exhibition. The sculpture gardens and the grounds were beautiful. A nice, digestible museum in a sea of huge exhausting museums. The security guards, however, were a bit over-zealous. Comically so. There was one security guard waiting for children to put their hands in the huge outdoor... More

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