The Hirshhorn Museum is one of the top modern art museums in the United States, and has a collection of more than 12,000 pieces. The museum opened in 1974, with a substantial portion of the collection donated by Joseph Hirshhorn. At the opening of the museum, Hirshhorn gave a speech in which he said “It is an honor to have given my art collection to the people of the United States as a small repayment for what this nation has done for me and others like me who arrived here as immigrants. What I accomplished in the United States I could not have accomplished anywhere else in the world.” Upon his death, he donated more art to the museum, nearly doubling the collection. Learn more about the museum’s history here.
Artwork on display at the Hirshhorn come from many important artists, including Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, and others. The museum also contains an extensive sculpture garden containing works by Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, David Smith, and a number of other sculptures.
Admission to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is free, with the Museum open from 10 am – 5:30 pm, the Plaza open 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, and the Garden from 7:30 am to dusk. The Hirshhorn is open every day of the year, save for December 25th.
The Hirshhorn is located on the National Mall at the corner of 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW.
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