Savor Contemporary’s Greatest at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
September 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, USA – While financier-cum-philanthropist Joseph Hirshhorn might have worn many hats throughout his life, perhaps his most important was that of art collector. A Latvian immigrant, Hirshhorn amassed a collection of close to 6,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and more. By 1974, this impressive assortment of modern art eventually became the foundation for his namesake museum in the nation’s capital, and for that, we couldn’t be more thankful.
Formally known as Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, this sleek museum offers a quiet reprieve from The Mall‘s usually buzzing atmosphere. Though the imposing collection of contemporary works is a sight to behold, the museum’s zen-like ambiance makes this a favorite to visit among the other Smithsonian museums. The gallery spaces are small and offer lots of seating throughout for adequate contemplation and reflection.
The Hirshhorn offers many experiences of its own; you won’t find the typical stuffy gallery vibe here. Modern art aficionados will revel in each of the Hirshhorn’s three unique levels. From interactive installations on the lower level to the permanent collection on the third, most everyone will find something to enjoy.
And of course, we can’t forget this museum’s impressive repertoire of artists. Highlights include paintings from O’Keeffe, Mirò, de Kooning, and Warhol as well as sculptures by Picasso, Degas, and Rodin. Since Hirshhorn’s death, the museum has increased in size, now totaling over 12,000 pieces—quite the assortment.
Every visit should include some time in the sculpture garden and plaza. While indulging in even more renowned works throughout the sunken garden, take advantage of the plentiful tables and benches. Plus, as an added bonus, the museum offers free Wi-Fi throughout its quarters (and did we mention admission is free, too?).
From the renowned works in its stellar galleries to its lively garden, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is one of the capital’s gems. And when we’re looking to experience some of the greatest contemporary artworks to date, we can’t beat this delightful reprieve from the typical historical and political sights found throughout DC.
Read more about Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in our Washington, DC guide.