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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Address: Independence Ave. SW, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 357 1000
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Ranked #81 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Hirshorn Museum features an exciting collection of...
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Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

During our recent visit to DC we managed to spend some time in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden and found it a nice stop to make along The Mall for those who enjoy sculpture works. The sculpture garden was opened in 1974 and features the works of European and North American artists from the 1880s to present. Here you can see... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We didn't go inside the museum, as we walked past the statue Garden outside, and based on that it is 100% not worth going into. The artwork outside were the crudest form of artistic form made into easy statues, nothing worth any notice

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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

A very unusual museum - plenty of space allocated to a single artwork, mesmerizes you provided you slow down and, as the saying goes, "take time to smell the roses". If you're in a hurry, give this museum a miss. That said, we took our time and really enjoyed this unusual piece of architecture and its avant-garde contents. Spend 20... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The building and the sculpture were the most interesting things about this place. Their collection was not particularly impressive or memorable.

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Groton, Connecticut
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A round space uniquely displaying a wide variety of modern and contemporary art. Large sculptures are placed along the round outside walkway; the huge outdoor fountain was on backside of bldg. Due to winter weather, no water flowing. Three levels with lots of glass provide ample display spaces for sculptures, films (my favorite here) and a interesting mediums of art.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I loved the Hirshhorn Museum. It wasn't on my list of places to visit in DC and I just dropped in on a whim but I was glad I did. First of all, the building itself is quite cool to look at from the outside and there are various sculptures dotted around in the vicinity which kind of give you... More 

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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

the sculpture garden has some of the greats. IT's outdoors and so easy to walk around, take a seat, enjoy. Inside the museum there was an amazing digital display featuring some fantastic videos that were digitially put together. I especially loved the landscape one and the cellist. Other exhibits are also fantastic

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The stunning shape of the building and the welcoming outdoor fountain lured me inside as I was on my way to the Natural History Museum. What was inside was so arresting that I never made it to my intended museum! If you're in town between now and April 12 spending time viewing the "Days of Endless Time" exhibition is well... More 

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North Manchester, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

An excellent opportunity for my pre teen kids to explore different types of art and expand their understanding of what art is and can be. The building itself is what first attracted them after that the exploration began! The sculpture garden is both intriguing and entertaining - even whimsical. Well maintained and relaxing an easy "artsy" experience for kids.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Wow. I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable and appreciative of varying forms of art. I was sorry that I completely missed the entire point of the art housed in this huge museum. My companion and I kept repeatedly saying .. "What?!?" I just didn't get it. We both found it boring, unimaginative and simplistic. We also agree with other reviewers who... More 

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