The Hirshhorn was my favorite venue in D.C. I returned there three times on three separate days. For some reason I particularly favored the works of Giacometti (1901-1966.)
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I remember long ago we went to visit the Hirschorn Museum when it was fairly new. It is the museum of contemporary and modern art, with special emphasis on the post World War II period.
The building itself stands out in all the neo-Classical splendor of the National Mall, it looks like a flying saucer that has landed there all of a sudden.
The collection includes some Picasso, Rodin (in the sculpture garden) Matisse and Jackson Pollock. Those are the names that sound familiar to me at least. Though I am personally not much of a fan of modern art I have to say that I have visited this museum a few times and each time I've grown to like it just a little bit more than before.
Museum: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily
Plaza: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sculpture Garden: 7:30 a.m. to dusk
This is off the beaten path because it is so easy to miss. Not surprisingly, it is in a sunken garden right in front of the Hirschorn Museum right on the National Mall.
Anyway, it was a nice day so I decided to take a look and see. Some of the sculptures were pretty good. I guess knowing that it is modern art tends to keep me away in the first place, but some of the sculptures were really well done. It is a relaxing place. Check it out if you have time
We didn't get a chance to go into here because we were runnning out of time. I did not know about this museum. I think it is another museum that gets overlooked and it is FREE! It has a lovely garden area with many beautiful and interesting sculptures to enjoy just on the outside of building.
The building itself is suppose to be a sculpture of art designed by Gordon Bunshaft. It was completed in 1974 and contains the extensive collection of nearly 6,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and mixed media pieces donated by Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1899–1981), financier, philanthropist, and well-known collector of modern art.
Open daily except December 25
Museum: 10 am to 5:30 pm (EST)
Plaza: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sculpture Garden: 7:30 am to dusk
Admission is free
Whilst you're taking your stroll along National Mall, take a few moments to enter this sculpture garden. The garden is free and lets you escape from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some quiet moments.
The garden displays works from across Europe and North America which date from the 1880s right through to present date.
The garden is open from 07:30 to dusk.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Washington's Mall is a circular, puck-like building that houses a museum totally dedicated to modern art. I had mixed feelings about this museum. I visited it late in the day and I think that I might have been suffering from museum overload. Hence I was tired. Although many of the world's great twentieth century artists, like Picasso, Pollack and Matisse are represented here by major works, I did not find that the museum held my attention in the way that I had hoped. Perhaps there was too much filler. I found with modern art that sometimes while one has to admit the greatness of artists like Mondrian and Rothko, others will leave you either aghast, or worse, just disinterested. I should also add I found that the sculpture garden was the interesting section of the museum.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is open daily from 10;30am to 5:30pm and like other museums on the Mall it is free for all to visit.
I came across this wonderful museum and sculpture garden during my stroll through the National Mall. I was more excited by the fact that there was a sculpture from my area. The museum is open 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m the Plaza: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m and the Sculpture Garden: 7:30 a.m. - dusk. As is true of most attraction is this area admission is free; donations are accepted. I really enjoyed the outdoor sculpture garden. There's a small pool in the lower portion of the garden. Photos really don't do justice for these great example of modern and contermporary art, but I hope you enjoy them anyway.
The Hirschorn Museum houses a vast collection of international modern and contemporary art. The museum is named after Latvian-born Joseph H. Hirshhorn. He donated his vast art collection (more than 4,000 drawings and paintings and about 2,000 sculptures) to the United States in 1966. After his death, he left 5,500 works of art to the people of the United States. It is to this collection that the Smithsonian continually adds.
The museum is constructed in a circular fashion, which makes it very easy to navigate. It also allows for a lot of natural light to infuse the galleries. Outside, there is the Sculpture Garden where you can see some of the more massive sculptures in the surroundings of the elements. Depending on the time of day or season, the same sculpture can take on a very different feel. It is neat.
HOURS: Open daily except December 25th
Museum: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Plaza: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sculpture Garden: 7:30 am - dusk
The Hirshhorn Museum contains a permanent collection of Modern and Contemporary art in all mediums. Outdoors, visitors can relax in the sculpture gardens that include works by Rodin, Maillol, Moore, and Hepworth. The central fountain with nearby cafe is also a welcoming place to relax during summer heat. The permanent collection spanning three floors has several noteworthy modern pieces from Warhol, Gaugin, Picasso, Degas, and Rothko. The two upper floors make extensive use of natural light and comfortable seating to allow visitors to relax while absorbing the extensive collection. The lower floor, dedicated currently to the minimalists is fitting, making use of limited lighting for optimal viewing. Summer exhibits included photography and city art. Fall exhibits explore the art of Ron Mueck (sculpture), Cecily Brown (Modern painting), and the Arte Povera era.
Part of the Smithsonian, this place is always changing what is on display. Currently several really spooky pieces by a sculpter named Ron Mueck, who works with a polyester resin to create "people" who look almost as if they're breathing. This giant is sitting in a corner -- on the floor -- and seated, he's still seven feet tall. shhhhh....don't wake him!
Widely-known artists are well-represented on the third floor of the Hirshhorn Museum.
ALL Smithsonian Museums have free admission.