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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 #84 of 253 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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Beaufort, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This huge building is mostly empty and what's on display is pretty boring. You could pass this up and spend time better elsewhere.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Unlike the more popular Air/Space & Natural History Museums, the Hirshhorn Museum is a quiet and relaxing place to visit. It was nice to escape the crowds and stroll along the many floors and sit in one of the chairs interspersed between the sculptures. The gift shop downstairs had some great items plus the employees were very friendly and helpful.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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195 attraction reviews
748 helpful votes 748 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This spaceship-like building was endowed in the ’60s with the permanent art collection of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. It is one of the Big Five modern art facilities in the US, and was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft. It is now part of the Smithsonian Institution, thus there is no entrance fee. The museum focuses on the post-WWII period, with particular... More

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san diego ca
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The building is iconic and the exhibits are exquisite. If you hate modern art then don't go, but if you do, I promise you won't be disappointed. Really surprised it didn't rank higher.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

From the outside the Hirshhorn looks to be an amazing museum/gallery. The problem is that the structure itself is the most interesting thing about it. I enjoy contemporary art but I found the collections within to be not only sparse but fairly uninspiring as well. There were a few saving graces, but if you have limited time to see and... More

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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171 reviews 171 reviews
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A little known gallery without much for art work that has, on the third floor, a way cool lounge area with seating where you can relax indoors and watch the mall with a view. Why am i just learning this?!?!?!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There statues outside in the garden area are wonderful. We enjoyed a temporary exhibit of photography. It is not a huge collection but what was there was really nice.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I hate to see all the negative reviews of this world class museum. The Hirshhorn and the National Gallery are my morning favorites when visiting DC. I love modern art and these two usually do not disappoint. Now that BOTH are under renovations, I have to look elsewhere. I did check out the Traveller exhibit, which unfortunately did not really... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This museum is a great example of a waste of resources. This museum is extremely large, yet is probably 50-60 percent empty and has on average one employee per work of art. What little art remains could be combined in one smaller building, or even in the National Gallery of Art's "annex". The one glimmer of hope is the sculpture... More

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Kansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

After visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, our family decided to visit the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The museums are close together which makes it easy for visitors. We weren't sure what to expect upon entering this museum. Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised at the exhibits. I personally found it interesting to be close to... More

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