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Address: Independence Ave. SW, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 357 1000
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Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Hirshorn Museum features an...

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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Surreal section is fantastic

Interesting building with some nice sculptures surrounding it. The exhibitions and rooms are well put together though it's a shame you can hardly take any photos. I loved looking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jess W
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting building with some nice sculptures surrounding it. The exhibitions and rooms are well put together though it's a shame you can hardly take any photos. I loved looking at the original Dali's, Man Ray's and Rene Magritte's. The surrealism section was definitely the best I thought and had some great interactive bits including a massive wall with lots of... More 

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Thank Jess W
Mesa
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31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very neat museum! We only had an hour and a half to visit, but so happy we stopped in! If you love modern art this is a must. If modern art isn't your thing, its still pretty interesting. The gardens were really nice too.

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Thank Travelgal60s
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a bit like an art college at the end of the year after the students have taken all the good pieces back home! There are some good 'heavier' pieces in the sculpture garden which they couldn't quite manage. My advice would be to turn this into an art college. It might add a bit of life to the... More 

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Thank WilliamAnthony
Boston
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like visiting some old friends in the art world. Love the permanent collection. Temporary exhibitions are hit or miss. Washington DC museums are always free - what's not to like!

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Thank MoxieBoston
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum itself is a lovely round building with interesting sculptures outside. The collection is well curated and a very manageable size. The staff was very helpful. This is a small great museum that you can add on to a visit at any of the larger museums at the Smithsonion.

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1 Thank MSANewJersey
Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Hirshhorn is always wonderful, but their special exhibit on Surrealism was truly special. Whimsical pieces by Calder (check out the fish!), surprising insights into the politics, exhibits, and community of surrealist artists in Paris in the 1930's, and evocative pieces by many lesser known artists. Well worth a two-hour visit or more.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The permanent collection is high quality and interesting. The revolving exhibits are very hit and miss and large amounts of the building are always closed for preparation of a new exhibit. The outside of the building is an interesting design. The interiors do not impress me. The grounds around the building itself and the fountain are great and the sculpture... More 

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Thank JeffreyPedersen
Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not too enthralled by art so I don’t necessarily go out of my way or pay big money to go to an art museum. While you’re in D.C. and near the free Smithsonian museums and they’re all free, why not? You will be amazed by some of the fascinating pieces. It was a not a cold day in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't forget to check out the sculptures outside. Although this not my type of art, I went in with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed my visit.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum and what it held came as real surprise to me. In the round, you walk around the circumference, moving from gallery to gallery in what seems like an endless honeycomb of spaces. Below ground there are other gallery spaces and a good bookshop. Here, there was all-enveloping Barbara Kruger work and the neighbouring Dan Flavin 'walk' was quite... More 

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