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West Virginia, West Virginia
July 16, 2009
From journal Smithsonian 101
by Kate Chopin
July 16, 2005
From journal Favorite Art Museum in D.C.
by scorn mediocrity
Houghton, New York
July 15, 2005
As I browsed, I realized that the circular museum (the building is literally a ring with open space in the middle) was everything I've ever dreamed of in gallery placement. Walking along corridors and around a circle instead of choosing from rooms branching off in every direction made my viewing experience much less stressful than some I've had. Not to mention, the design allowed for plenty of windows and good, natural viewing light. To be honest, the collection wasn't anything spectacular, but the museum was the perfect size to visit in an afternoon, and there was enough variety to hold my interest.
From journal Day Trip to D.C.
January 30, 2005
From journal Quick Washington, D.C. Trip
September 15, 2003
Museum hours: 10am-5:30pmSculptured Garden hours: 7:30am-dusk
Information: (202) 357-2700 or (202) 633-8043 (TTY)
From journal DCA
April 16, 2003
The first floor art is largely minimalist, and to me, the most unapproachable. However, the second floor (especially the sculpture) and the third floor (chronological, giving you the opportunity to see how art changes and influences itself) are impressive. Some of the highlights, for me of the permanent collections, include the modern art, especially the Picassos (including some lovely blue period pieces) and the Willm de Koonigs.
Of course the special exhibitions here can be really spectacular, and have included art that is referred to as an installation rather than a "piece". I have seen several very interesting pieces. It allows you to really experience where art is now, since the artists featured are often living artists. These special exhibits often have a very "cutting edge" feel which makes them very exciting.
But for me the real highlight of this museum is not even in the museum. The sculpture garden, actually on the mall itself (there is an entrance under the street between the museum and the mall for those coming from the museum) is one of two on the mall itself, and is the oldest. It has a wonderful collection of outdoor sculptures, and is a perfect place to spend a few quiet moments. Even those who do not like abstract or modern art will enjoy this garden as there is a certain amount of representational art in the garden.
The Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has a cafe that is open for lunch only during the summer, and a small bookstore on the ground floor.
Closest Metro stop is Smithsonian on the blue and orange line; the museum is very close to the National Mall exit from this station.
From journal Wonderful Washington DC
Washington, DC, Virginia
October 25, 2002
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.
From journal Washington DC at a Glance
by smmmarti guide
April 18, 2002
Unfortunately, the online server is under repair, but I did come up with a few notes that might be valuable to visitors in the next few years.
For art lovers, the following message appeared:
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (formerly the National Museum of American Art): temporarily closed for renovation through 2004.
The National Portrait Gallery: temporarily closed for renovation through 2004.
This leaves the Hirshhborn Museum of Art if you want to visit a Smithsonian art museum. A fabulous circular building built in 1984 with six distinct galleries of fine contemporary art, along with an impressive sculpture garden, remains open and available for your art viewing pleasure in Washington.
We visited the Hirshhborn Museum during our visit and though the art didn't capture the fancy of my husband and young children as much as it did mine, they happily endured the visit, in part due to the delights available at the Museum Café. Here, guests may feel they are having desert or snacks at a fine French restaurant with selections such as gourmet cheese plates, bowls of fresh berries and luscious chocolate tortes on the menu.
It was chilly that day and the children requested hot chocolate -- not a regular item on the menu. But the wait staff happily satisfied their request with a trip to the kitchen where they made it order and served it with whipped cream and a cherry on top!
The prices were high for a mid-day snack. But considering the quality of the service and food, and the fact that the Museum has no admission fees (as all Smithsonian Institution museums and most other National Museums in Washington), we rationalized the expense as a contribution toward the foundation that in great part established this fine venue for viewing the best of contemporary art. As the website Hirshhorn Museum explains:
While the federal government provides significant operating support, private funds cover over one-quarter of the costs for Hirshhorn exhibitions, education, research, and other activities that are free to the public. Your contribution will ensure the 21st-century success of the Hirshhorn that generations have come to depend on for educational and innovative approaches to modern and contemporary art.
It helps to know this when you pay $4 for a cup of hot chocolate!
From journal Trip to Nation's Capital Nets Surprises