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  • Address: 700 Independence Ave SW
  • Hours: Museum open 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Open Daily except Dec 25th.

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Open to the public since 1974, this distinctive round building on the National Mall is dedicated to contemporary and modern art in the United States. From the outside, the museum appears to be a solid, windowless concrete cylinder perched on four squat blocks; the interior, though, features a hollow cylinder lined with windows which look onto a central courtyard and allow in natural light.

Designed by an art collector for an art collector, the Hirshhorn was originally conceived by architect Gordon Bunshaft to house a bequest of 6,000 artworks by financier Joseph Hirshhorn. Hirshhorn’s art collection is composed of work by the greatest living artists of his 20th century life: Picasso, Matisse, Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollock and many more. The museum is surrounded by a four-acre, two-level sculpture garden highlighting works by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and more recently, Jeff Koons.

The museum today features rotating exhibits by the world’s most accomplished and controversial artists, like Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei. One of the most popular outdoor attractions here is a Wishing Tree by Yoko Ono, a live tree to which you’re invited to pin a piece of paper with your fondest wish.

Practical Information

From 12-4 p.m., docents are available at the museum’s information desk to give impromptu 30-minute tours. Street parking is available on the streets surrounding the museum, or it’s a two-block walk to the Metrorail’s L’Enfant Plaza station, serving the Orange , Green and Yellow Lines.

Tours & Tickets

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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 504 Reviews

Explore Washington DC at your own pace on an extensive Big Bus hop-on hop-off itinerary through the heart of the nation's capital. The buses are open top ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Varies

From USD $48.99

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Explore Washington DC at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off trolley and see the city's landmarks illuminated on a guided night tour with this super saver combo. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $78.00
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Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Hop in a pedicab and let your informative guide do the work as you explore Washington DC's must-see sights. At the National Mall, see the Washington Monument, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $97.99

Small-Group National Mall Walking Tour in Washington DC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Immerse yourself in America’s rich history on this small-group guided tour of the country’s ‘front yard’ – the Washington DC National Mall! Visit dozens of ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

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