Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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  • L'Enfant Plaza • 4 min walk
  • Smithsonian • 7 min walk
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  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan869 contributions
    A completely interesting experience...from the building, the sculpture garden, and especially the Yayoi Kusama!!
    In planning our weekend in DC (first visit in 8 years), all in the name of art, I made time to visit the Hirshhorn for the first time! I had heard that their sculpture collection was worth seeing, and I knew that artist Mark Bradford's Pickett's Charge was installed there. In preparing for the our trip, I checked out their website to make our visit the best it could be. Free admission but I learned that to visit the Kusama installation, you need to pick up timed passes starting at 9:30am. We arrived on Sunday morning just after 9:30 and got in line for the free passes, obtaining two for 11:30. That gave us time to scope out museum building, currently draped in Nicolas Party's Draw the Curtain, and the sunken Sculpture Garden which includes works by celebrated sculptors Mark di Suvero, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, and Anthony Caro, among others. Walking in the Mall entrance, we saw an awesome site awaiting...the fountain plaza surrounded by the museum cylinder designed by Gordon Bunshaft (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill). This is a must-see for architecture buffs! Inside we experienced Pickett's Charge by Mark Bradford, which one has to see to understand it and to appreciate how much work went into it. The Marcel Duchamp exhibition was very interesting and enlightening for his influence on the art of his day. Laurie Anderson's The Weather exhibition is not for everyone! My husband was quite intrigued by her insights and expression of the state of our world. Me not so much, but I found her paintings quite engaging. Then it was time to see the Kusama exhibit One With Eternity. Opening with a timeline of Yayoi Kusama's life and career (recommended for those who are experiencing Kusama for the first time), we enjoyed the three installations: Pumpkin, Phalli's Field Infinity Room, and My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe Infinity Mirrored Room. It took about 50 minutes from our 11:30 entrance until we exited the space. Be advised that you have only 30 seconds in Phalli's Field and about 60 seconds to walk through the Universe space. Definitely worth it...if you love Kusama! All in all, the Hirshhorn was a varied and completely interesting experience!!
    Visited May 2022
    Written May 22, 2022
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey3,570 contributions
    The timed tickets can throw you off but don't miss the Yayoi Kusama exhibition.
    I was a little thrown by the museum. I thought that the museum opened at 11:30am and it opens at 10:00am. Then they told me I had to have timed tickets for the special exhibition for Yayoi Kusama that I came all the way down from New Jersey to see. I was lucky that someone gave back their tickets and I was able to get one of the tickets. It was an excellent exhibition that should not be missed. There was so much interactive art and exhibits that you can be part of especially her mirror room and the glowing lantern room that you felt like you were in a surrealist dream. It takes time to walk through it but still it was worth the time. I also walked through the Lauren Anderson surrealist exhibition of interactive films and the flag waving demo. It was a strange but fun exhibition, and it showed her creativity. The flag waving sculpture was a little creepy though. Still, it was interesting to see the art of both women. I would try to visit each.
    Visited April 2022
    Written April 17, 2022
  • luv4phood
    Marietta, Georgia775 contributions
    Don't let the construction scaffolding turn you away!
    The museum provides enjoyable exhibits inside and out. We were fortunate enough to arrive on a rainy afternoon in DC and take refuge in the Laurie Anderson installation "The Weather". Slow down and really take in the visual magnitude of "Four Talks". Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit! We were even lucky enough to find some affordable ponchos for sale in the gift shop to continue our tour of the mall in the rain.
    Visited October 2021
    Written January 6, 2022
  • Steve H
    Boynton Beach, Florida120 contributions
    Timed Special exhibit One with Eternity was OVER crowded, requires standing in lines for 2hours
    Our timed tickets for the One with Eternity exhibit were for 2+ hours after we arrived at 10am. There were two other exhibits inside the Hirshhorn. The Marcel Duchamp exhibit on the third floor was incredibly Boring. All were small items spread out through the large rooms. Each was well documented, if you were interested in the piece. The multimedia art of Laurie Anderson on the second floor was exceptional. We then enjoyed the limited but interesting sculpture gardens outside. The restaurant was closed and the small bar inside does not serve carbonated beverages or sandwiches. Just costly specialty drinks. Seating was limited inside, maybe seating for twenty, where we spent another hour waiting to get in. When we finally went downstairs to the Yayoi Kusana exhibit, we found ourselves in a line for the eternity mirror room which allows two adults with two children max into the mirrored room for thirty seconds. With entry and exit time, it would have taken 90 minutes before we were in the adorable Dalmatian mirror room. Being handicap, standing for that long in a single file line with no seating available was not an option. But at least it was possible to slip by this exhibit, but the next line wound through a single door that we couldn’t squeeze by. At this point, we turned around and left. What a waste of our time. They needed better crowd control with 75% less people to make it enjoyable. Some art doesn’t lend itself to mass exhibitions and this was certainly one. It would be worth a short wait, but spending 2+ hours in line to see one exhibit reflected poorly on SI.EDU.
    Visited April 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 12, 2022
  • Herb B
    Anchorage, Alaska1 contribution
    Waste of Time
    I hesitate to write a negative review about a museum that is free, hut in this case I think it is warranted. The museum is undergoing massive renovations. Only a tiny fraction of their permanent collection is on display. The problem s that none of that is disclosed on their website. Going there is mostly a waste of time. My wife and I fortunately are going to be staying in Washington long enough to see everything that we want. But anyone who goes to this museum at the sacrifice of doing other things will have been severely cheated.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 15, 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,210 contributions
    VERY Disappointing Exhibits!
    I started my visit by going around the Building and looking at the outside exhibits. The CAR with a big brown stuff over it is interesting. The rest are boring! Inside the Museum, I started at the Third Floor, visiting each room and hallways. There are very few exhibits that did not peak my interest. The Picket Fence Exhibit (around the walls) is colorful but some sections are peeling off! The above is true at the Second Floor, few and amateur-looking exhibits. Overall, I finished my visit here in 10 minutes. Felt like I wasted my time here!
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 12, 2020
  • Doug M
    Chesterfield, Missouri796 contributions
    Pretty trippy, as modern art tends to be, but very good too
    As this is a Smithsonian modern art museum, most all of it is pretty trippy. But it's also pretty high quality, and well worth the visit if you take the time to immerse yourself. Another smaller museum that wasn't very crowded, so you can take your time and relax. The sculpture garden has famous artist's pieces such as the artist Rodin.
    Visited October 2019
    Written January 5, 2020
  • ASK Annie
    2 contributions
    Always Something Interesting to See
    There is always something interesting to see or see again at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. There are many little paths to take with unexpected pieces of art to be found. It is generally a peaceful place to think and reflect.
    Visited November 2020
    Written November 30, 2020
  • Les M
    Cincinnati, Ohio463 contributions
    Much of it is closed/Under Renovation
    The Hirshhorn looks like a very cool place - the architecture sets it apart from all the other museums on the mall. Unfortunately, its under construction right now and there's just not that much to see inside. i spent less than an hour there and saw what there was to see. I actually enjoyed the sculpture garden outside the museum more than the museum itself.
    Visited August 2021
    Written September 2, 2021
  • Eugene
    10 contributions
    Family of 5 in DC.
    We went as a family of 5 because of the Kusama exhibit and it was well worth it. Great museum that isn't too large and can easily be managed. Friendly staff helps with questions. The sculpture garden is wonderful and very enjoyable.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written December 28, 2022
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Steve H
Boynton Beach, FL120 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Our timed tickets for the One with Eternity exhibit were for 2+ hours after we arrived at 10am. There were two other exhibits inside the Hirshhorn. The Marcel Duchamp exhibit on the third floor was incredibly Boring. All were small items spread out through the large rooms. Each was well documented, if you were interested in the piece. The multimedia art of Laurie Anderson on the second floor was exceptional. We then enjoyed the limited but interesting sculpture gardens outside.

The restaurant was closed and the small bar inside does not serve carbonated beverages or sandwiches. Just costly specialty drinks. Seating was limited inside, maybe seating for twenty, where we spent another hour waiting to get in.

When we finally went downstairs to the Yayoi Kusana exhibit, we found ourselves in a line for the eternity mirror room which allows two adults with two children max into the mirrored room for thirty seconds. With entry and exit time, it would have taken 90 minutes before we were in the adorable Dalmatian mirror room. Being handicap, standing for that long in a single file line with no seating available was not an option. But at least it was possible to slip by this exhibit, but the next line wound through a single door that we couldn’t squeeze by. At this point, we turned around and left. What a waste of our time. They needed better crowd control with 75% less people to make it enjoyable.

Some art doesn’t lend itself to mass exhibitions and this was certainly one. It would be worth a short wait, but spending 2+ hours in line to see one exhibit reflected poorly on SI.EDU.
Written April 12, 2022
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Herb B
Anchorage, AK1 contribution
Feb 2023
I hesitate to write a negative review about a museum that is free, hut in this case I think it is warranted. The museum is undergoing massive renovations. Only a tiny fraction of their permanent collection is on display. The problem s that none of that is disclosed on their website. Going there is mostly a waste of time.

My wife and I fortunately are going to be staying in Washington long enough to see everything that we want. But anyone who goes to this museum at the sacrifice of doing other things will have been severely cheated.
Written February 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,210 contributions
Jan 2020
I started my visit by going around the Building and looking at the outside exhibits. The CAR with a big brown stuff over it is interesting. The rest are boring!

Inside the Museum, I started at the Third Floor, visiting each room and hallways. There are very few exhibits that did not peak my interest. The Picket Fence Exhibit (around the walls) is colorful but some sections are peeling off!

The above is true at the Second Floor, few and amateur-looking exhibits. Overall, I finished my visit here in 10 minutes. Felt like I wasted my time here!
Written January 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Doug M
Chesterfield, MO796 contributions
Oct 2019
As this is a Smithsonian modern art museum, most all of it is pretty trippy. But it's also pretty high quality, and well worth the visit if you take the time to immerse yourself. Another smaller museum that wasn't very crowded, so you can take your time and relax. The sculpture garden has famous artist's pieces such as the artist Rodin.
Written January 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ASK Annie
2 contributions
Nov 2020
There is always something interesting to see or see again at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. There are many little paths to take with unexpected pieces of art to be found. It is generally a peaceful place to think and reflect.
Written November 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Les M
Cincinnati, OH463 contributions
Aug 2021
The Hirshhorn looks like a very cool place - the architecture sets it apart from all the other museums on the mall. Unfortunately, its under construction right now and there's just not that much to see inside. i spent less than an hour there and saw what there was to see.

I actually enjoyed the sculpture garden outside the museum more than the museum itself.
Written September 2, 2021
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Eugene
10 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
We went as a family of 5 because of the Kusama exhibit and it was well worth it. Great museum that isn't too large and can easily be managed. Friendly staff helps with questions. The sculpture garden is wonderful and very enjoyable.
Written December 28, 2022
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AggieJoe79
Haymarket, VA1,000 contributions
Dec 2022
We've been in the DC area over five years now, visited many of the great Smithsonian museums, but somehow never made it here before. My son went to school at the Savannah College of Art and Design, so his visit was natural. I expected a variety of unique art on posted on the walls, but did not anticipate there would be huge colors taking over major sections. I did not know how much China's art would take a large role. The areas that took the most attention were huge 'movies' of painting on a wide range of topics. This will be worth more trips.
Written December 30, 2022
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Alejandro B
Ottawa, Canada971 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
Technically, the sculpture garden outside of the Hirshhorn is part of the modern art museum. For me, however, they feel like two different places, as the outdoor collection of statues are my favourite part of the museum by far. While I found the exhibits inside the museum to be uneven, I throughly enjoyed all of the sculptures in the garden. Overall, the garden is a wonderful place to enjoy art and go for a short stroll.
Written December 18, 2022
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dcrobert1
Washington DC9 contributions
Mar 2023
Another disappointing visit to the Hirschhorn. This museum has an amazing collection of modern and contemporary art that includes major artists of the 20th century. Problem: they’re NEVER on view. This is not a recent issue; it precedes the pandemic. Where is the permanent collection and why is it never displayed? I realize that everything can’t be displayed, but it would be great to at least see some of the major highlights. If you want to see contemporary/modern art in DC, skip this place and head over to the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, the Kreeger, or the Philips Collection.
Written March 3, 2023
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