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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 #53 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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Winchester, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Much of the "art" at the Hirshhorn Museum was of a modern style, and I'm not much of a fan of modern art, I guess. The second floor of the museum was devoted to destruction, so there were all kinds of reminders of terrible things (fires, murders, executions, etc.). There was one video of people pounding on a piano's keys... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The destruction exhibit was such a mix and included IMHO some nonsensical displays. A much better exhibition on destruction IMHO can be found at the National Museum of Natural History: Unintended Journeys - Images by Magnum Photos photographers examine the plight of environmental refugees, especially those displaced within the last decade due to natural disasters and global climate change. Exhibit... More

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Try and go in the early morning to appreciate the fantastic sculptures to be found here and experience the arts end of the Mall.

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Kawartha Lakes, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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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