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Hirshhorn Museum

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One of the Most Reviewed Art museums in Washington


Address

Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560

Website

hirshhorn.si.edu

Contact

(202) 633-1000

Rating on Google Maps

4.50 (5.4K reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Thursday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Monday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10 AM to 5:30 PM

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  • 5/5 Brian D. 8 months ago on Google • 919 reviews
    This was a spectacular place to visit. The building itself is impressive. The only disappointment during this visit was the fountain in the center wasn't working. The one video that was playing with 3 different screens really hit the senses. Overall would definitely go back when new additions are added.
    6 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jessica S. 1 year ago on Google
    We only had time to walk through the Laurie Anderson exhibit, but it was dually chilling and perspective-altering. I would especially recommend stopping and really reading and thinking through everything. Something truly intriguing was the AI-written version of the Bible. Reading about the “animal friend” gave me shivers. Overall really cool experience!
    10 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 T S. 2 years ago on Google
    My favorite museum in DC! I love that the exhibits change out and you can revisit it months later and it can be whole new art. It was pretty crowded though for a Saturday, so plan accordingly. I used to work nearby and used to go there on my lunch sometimes and enjoyed eating my lunch in the court yard. It's big but not overwhelming. It's such a diverse group of eclectic thought provoking art from varioua artists.
    9 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Kelly L. 6 months ago on Google • 616 reviews
    Absolutely nothing to see. I do not recommend. The only exhibit that was on going was on the second floor with like ten televisions on showing some scenes. Third floor was closed. Nothing on the first floor other than cafe. Only restrooms and gift shops in the basement.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 preservefootprints 2 years ago on Google
    It was under renovation but you still can visit and enjoy art show inside without being distracted by. The Marcel Duchamp legacy exhibit “It’s Art If I Say So” was informative and interesting, if you plan your next visit, pay attention on the white toilet that was almost mentioned in some of the artworks. Can you count how many are they? 😉 Don’t miss out the drawing your shadow in “Call it A Little Game Between ’I’ and ‘Me’” exhibit. While you walk between exhibits, don’t forget to feel the Mark Bradford “Pickett’s Charge” that goes around the building. Check on the Laurie Anderson “The Weather” Exhibition! It was a breathtaking! Also don’t forget to stop by the lower level exhibit of Barbara Kruger “Belief + Doubt” around the shop area. And when you leaving to the Sculpture Garden, don’t be surprised of the wide coffee tables from tree root in the lobby! Awesome!
    8 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Julie Anne H. 9 months ago on Google • 219 reviews
    A fun museum of modern art, smaller than the other Smithsonians. Visiting probably takes less than a day. Like all the others, it is free. Just a warning, the collection is entirely, relentlessly modern, so if that isn't an aesthetic you enjoy, you might want to consider some other destination. It probably also won't be high on the list if you're trying to do the standard dc patriotic circuit. The architecture of the building and the surrounding gardens and sculptures contribute wonderfully to the impact of a visit. Too bad the main sculpture garden has been under repair for so long.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Rebekah H. 1 year ago on Google
    I took my kids to see the museum on Wednesday and they liked it so well we went through the exhibits twice. Then they asked to return again the next day. The Kusama and Anderson exhibits are wonderful! I couldn't recommend them enough. Both exhibits my teens loved, which is uncommon for them to be so excited about art.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Gary S. 2 years ago on Google
    The Laurie Anderson exhibit was simply awesome! It’s so good! This woman is a genius and I am so glad I saw her work here! If you have the chance to see it you should. You will not be disappointed.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 been’there 7 months ago on Google • 472 reviews
    A truly modern museum of art. Some parts are very surreal, some parts are dreamy and other parts are just competing with any other modern museum. The building is very different. Considering Washington DC is super boring this is a great oasis of a dull city.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Seth G. 2 years ago on Google
    An incredible museum which is currently undergoing some renovations, but is still worth the visit! Like the Guggenheim in NYC, the shape of the building itself plays into the experience; each exhibit following the curve of the building and leading you through its treasures. A perfect example was Mark Bradford's "Pickett's Charge" which was created specially for this space. Besides the building itself being part of the museum experience, each floor is like its own separate tiny museum, focusing on one artist's work or one subject. It is a well used space for a somewhat smaller sized museum. And the experience can be enhanced and enlightened depending upon the specific exhibit. However, the Duchamp exhibit was informative and just okay. If you get a chance, go to see Laurie Anderson's "The Weather" - I was absolutely blown away by this entire exhibit. Most of my pictures are from one room of this exhibit, but all of the rooms were an experience. I was not expecting anything and was touched and impressed by every section of the exhibit. Check it out! Also check out the cool tables in the lobby built using the cross section of a tree's root system; beautiful!
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Adriana R. 2 years ago on Google
    The Yayoi Kusama exhibit is nice but honestly not necessarily worth it for the ticket wait? Pretty instagrammable though, if that means anything to you. If you live in DC, maybe wait for a couple months before visiting perhaps? If you're planning to visit anytime soon, maybe try and line up at 8/8:30ish. We visited at the end of March and the tickets sold out by 10:30, so plan accordingly! Outside of that, the Marcel Duchamp and the Laurie Anderson exhibits are pretty decent!
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Anthony P. 4 months ago on Google • 266 reviews
    The Hirschhorn is described as a leading world voice of contemporary art that provides a national platform for the art and artists of today and tomorrow. With thousands of art exhibits in its collection, this multi storied modern architectural marvel is brimming with art and stories awaiting your discovery. Plenty of seating, a cafe, souvenir shop, good wifi and even places to charge your phone - this is a good place to spiritually and literally recharge your batteries. Download the Hirschhorn eye, an app that, with a simple scan, provides background and interesting information about the art you are admiring. Definitely a must see!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Akhil P. 1 year ago on Google • 67 reviews
    Amazing experience ! The art work is incredible. I am not a geek about art nor I understand art. But it was an amazing experience. The contemporary photographer was like never seen before. The four talk room was an eye opener, there were so many messages to the new world that we live in and portrayed in such a beautiful way. A must visit museum in DC and it’s free. We missed the show because we didn’t know we had to buy the tickets - which is free though. Next time we will make sure we get the tickets and see the show.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Geoffrey W. 8 months ago on Google • 41 reviews
    We had a truly unique experience in this walk-through of the wonderfully weird and I would easily rank it amongst my favorite of the DC museums. The curved layout creates an even further sense of wonderment for each exhibit and leaves guests wondering just what on Earth might be around the next corner. Though many of the pieces are undeniably thought-provoking, others are so abstract that it makes you wonder if YOU are the one on display. I just imagine a focus group watching me to see if I fall for their joke. The highlight was undoubtedly the Yayoi Kusama collection. Those gnarly orbs are an attraction in itself, but overall offer an interactive experience that makes you feel as if you're walking through her mind. TIP: Grab your tickets to the Kusama exhibit BEFORE walking through the museum and grab your coffee or tea AFTER walking through, as food & drink aren't allowed. You wouldn't believe how many people we saw make that mistake.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Hannah T. 1 year ago on Google
    An amazing art museum that really made you *feel* the art and the emotions they bring up. I recommend the 12.30 free tour as you learn a lot more than just personally viewing. The special exhibits require free tickets do to space. They are released the day before at 12pm online. So plan in advance or you'll have to come another day foe the special exhibit, like me. There's a simple cafe and great gift shop and some kids activities as well.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Kalista H. 1 year ago on Google
    The museum is free (except for paid tickets to special exhibits, which we did not venture into). They had a wide variety of modern art. It was very interesting, and we spent several hours taking it all in- it is a lot bigger than it looks from the outside! Not all the exhibits are the most family-friendly because they deal with some adult themes/serious themes.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 beyondTabu 1 year ago on Google
    The staff are very nice, professional and friendly. The guards do not shout at people, which is awesome (other museums in DC, guards shout at you for random rules of the museum which is extremely unprofessional). The kids activities the museum has every couple moths are really entertaining and keep the kids busy for at least 20~25 mins. The exhibits are few but some are interactive, well laid out and interesting. There’s a small coffee shop with a few pastries on the first floor as well. Will def be back!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Krista Lorenzo, R. 1 year ago on Google
    Super cool museum! Loved the exhibits. Really neat way to view it with the circular building. Beautiful! Loved the outdoor sculpture garden too! Our family really enjoyed this museum!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 John H. 7 months ago on Google • 280 reviews
    Hirshorn is a must for modern art lovers. Pickets Charge is amazing on the top exhibit floor but the museum is installing new art so most of top floor is closed. Purple and Four talks are amazing exhibits and worth the trip by themselves . Also enjoy the outside sculpture garden on the north side and the garden on the west side especially in good weather.

  • 4/5 Ranger Travels (. 6 months ago on Google • 76 reviews
    Great modern art exhibit that you can view in a couple hours or less. There are free lockers on the lower level next to the gift shop.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Trish 5 months ago on Google • 235 reviews
    Modern art is really hit-or-miss, and aside from a few pieces, the exhibitions this month (November 2023) were mostly misses. If you’re looking to visit, I’d recommend waiting for a new exhibit. Also, the sculpture garden is temporarily closed.

  • 5/5 Claire H. 1 year ago on Google
    Great experience! I think this particular showing is temporary but it was easy for us to get free tickets that gave us a time slot to go through. The rest of the museum doesn't need a ticket so you can walk around and see everything else until you time slot too.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Sean F. 1 year ago on Google
    A must if you travel to Washington !! Museum of Modern Art with of course exhibitions that change during the year, and for my part I had the chance to see the exhibition of Yayoi Kusama. The different exhibitions are on several floors and the permanent collection is on the last floor. There are very interesting pieces from artists mostly American but also from around the world. There are also different installations such as video or playful installations with participants in certain works. The museum shop is also very well supplied with very good books or very good souvenirs to bring back. And all this of course for a very low price since the entrance is free.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Kelly W. 1 year ago on Google
    Interesting spot to walk around. Definitely enjoyed the exhibits. Took about an hour to walk around, not including the one exhibit that required timed passes. Was disappointed that timed passes weren’t advertised well, because that exhibit was my main point of interest. That’s on me though, I should have looked more closely. I just don’t understand how you only have one exhibit require timed advanced day tickets but not the rest of the museum. Some spots of the museum felt sparse, but overall, it was a lovely visit.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Mischa 2 years ago on Google
    Very interesting place! Nice and interesting art here from sculptures to paintings to murals and other interesting artworks. Heck, even the architecture of the building itself is an interesting work of art! I took these photos at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. Only problem is that it gets overcrowded here, but it is definitely worth a visit when it reopens soon, so keep checking back on that! Oh yes, and I almost forgot to mention that they have a large human-sized color wheel gallery that you can walk around, which I included in one of my photos.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Aarushi G. 4 months ago on Google • 138 reviews
    Excellent exhibits focused on more unique mediums than just painting The exhibit on photography and self expression in China was AMAZING Good descriptions and context given for a lot of the work to help interpret Unique circular layout makes for interesting exhibit setups

  • 3/5 Olivia's Honest R. 10 months ago on Google
    Intern: It was pretty good, but I personally didn’t like most of the art. I think my favorite piece was unruly thread. My least favorite was an exhibit called purple.

  • 5/5 coconut l. 9 months ago on Google
    Beautiful sculpture gardens and the circular building itself was impressive. Was sad to have just missed the Yayoi exhibition but what is currently on was great.

  • 5/5 Rob L. 10 months ago on Google
    Amazing art gallery. The outside sculpture gardens are worth the visit alone. The architecture of the building is so unique and leads to interesting displays. We caught the last day of the Yayoi Kusama infinite displays for 2023 and it was so cool especially the dark one with the lights. Rest of the gallery had some cool stuff especially Laurie Anderson's Four Talks.

  • 5/5 Jweeei 9 months ago on Google
    This museum itself looks like a work of art. Even though it appears quite large from the outside, I managed to finish viewing all the exhibitions in about 1 hour. The artworks on display mostly leaned towards modern styles, and as someone without much artistic background, I didn't fully understand some pieces, but overall, it was a great experience.

  • 3/5 Orly L. 1 year ago on Google
    I wish they had guided tours. The art was too obscure for my taste, especially the purple room. We came with kids and they were fine with the nudity but the violence was too much. No idea why the sculpture garden closes early or at all. Some of the exhibits were cool, like the gorilla group and impossible bikes.

  • 5/5 John 1 year ago on Google
    Super interesting art exhibits. Just like many of the museums here, entrance is free. But I would make sure to check if you need tickets for certain exhibits as some require tickets that are given on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • 4/5 Jesse L. 1 year ago on Google
    We came specifically for the Kusama exhibit with our boys (6 & 9). The tickets need to be picked up day of visit in the morning, it was an easy process. It was a great exhibit to introduce abstract and visual art. We also walked the sculpture garden and had lunch at the cafe there which is a good option.

  • 4/5 Anthony B. 8 months ago on Google • 19 reviews
    I really did have a fun time at the museum. I would only give this four stars based on the fact there was an exhibit that we really wanted to see and it was not disclosed on the website or on Instagram that it was no longer available. I was pretty upset about that but I enjoyed myself overall

  • 5/5 Raymond L. 1 year ago on Google
    The Laurie Anderson exhibit was incredible. Very interesting and thought-provoking. Highly recommend this museum if you’re looking to go on an artistic journey and escape the crowds and screaming children at some of the other more popular museums.

  • 5/5 Abi M. 2 years ago on Google
    The museum's exterior is currently under renovation but it is open to visitors and the exhibits, especially Laurie Anderson's "The Weather" & Mark Bradford's "Pickett's Charge" are awesome!

  • 5/5 Sakina D. 1 year ago on Google
    Beautiful place, well maintained and decent customer service. Major chunk of the museum was under renovation but the other part is worth visiting. Loved the art work. My favourite is the entire room by Laurie Anderson’s work FOUR TALK. It is awe inspiring. The museum is small than the other DC museums but I would still put this museum in my itinerary. The cafe inside is okay so good to have your breakfast before visiting the museum. Highly recommended.

  • 5/5 James B. 2 years ago on Google
    "As busy as it can be," which is a rating I've never seen before. This is a great art museum for people who don't like art (or the enlightened). This is all "modern" art, and mostly temporary exhibits (except for the sculpture garden, which seems to not change much).

  • 5/5 Jonathan C. 1 year ago on Google
    I think all museums should be built as big circles like this or the Guggenheim -- it just makes them so pleasant and easy to navigate. Building aside, this museum was fantastic. The galleries were very well curated and thematically organized, with a nice range of pieces. The facade is currently under construction but the museum is open, though when I visited the second floor was closed for installations. The kusama exhibition currently on the first floor is awesome, though it's definitely best to show up early or at a weird time to avoid lines, and you only get about a minute in the mirror rooms (it's still worth it!).


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