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“Huh?” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave. SW, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington DC, DC 20560
202 357 1000
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Ranked #82 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Museums
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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.
New York
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“Huh?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We've always had great experiences with the DC museums, and expected nothing less from the Hirshhorn. Amazingly, it was awful! There was hardly anything to see. In fact, the best part was the small collection of sculptures outside of the museum. It's really not clear what has happened here. Much of the exhibit space was closed off, and the rest was, well, incredibly boring. None of the great works that were previously on exhibit could be seen (except Milton Avery) during our visit. Perhaps we visited during a transition of the entire collection? In any case be sure to check what the have on display before heading over there.

Visited December 2013
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“An eclectic collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

If you want to see some of the big boys under one roof so to speak this is the place. There were works by Picasso, Matisse, Henry Moore, Mary Cassatt, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Milton Avery, Ellsworth Kelly, Gorky, Nevelson and a great sculpture garden surrounding the building which itself is an interesting if controversial piece of architecture. Here there were works by Rodin and Calder and Koons. Sadly Edward Hopper was not be seen anywhere which personally was a let-down.

Visited October 2013
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Portland, OR
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“What happened?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

So so so bad...I came her about 10 years ago and it was one of my favorite museums and I was appalled this time. Maybe lack of funding or I am just getting too old for more avant-garde art. I love modern and contemporary art but this place was just sad. I think I saw a review that said soulless and that is a good word for this place. Go to the National Gallery or the American Art Museum, they have excellent representations of modern/contemporary art.

Visited December 2013
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beverly hills
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“Not what it used to be”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This museum, which used to have a very good impressionist and modern art collection, is now mostly unimpressive contemporary art. They said that due to budget cuts, about half of the collection has been shut down, which may be where the other art is hiding. What a shame. Our government wastes billions and Obama takes multiple-million dollar vacations, but they can't hie a few extra guards to keep this museum running?

Visited December 2013
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Great Barrington, MA
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“Sculpture city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This museum has the best collection of small/medium sculpture I have ever seen. The pieces are beautifully sited in the circular hallway and there are luxurious chairs and sofas for the
weary. There is an enormous couch and tables and chairs in one room which is unforgettable. It's a wonderful room to imagine writing a novel in. More fantastic pieces reside outside in the sunken garden. And, it's free and open every day except Christmas. What a treasure.

Visited November 2013
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