The gifts and bequest of Joseph H. Hirshorn , a uranium mine magnate and avid modern
art collector, started the Hirshhorn Museum in 1974. Since then, it has been the home of
many examples of modern art and contemporary visual expression.
With a collection of over 4,000 paintings and 2,000 sculptures, the Hirsshorn Museum is
a must see for fans of contemporary art. Artists represented in the collection include
Warhol, de Kooning, Magritte and Pollock. A brief video introduction to the
Hirshhorns exhibits can be seen in the Orientation Theater and is helpful in
planning your tour of the Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The Sculpture Garden is located directly across the street from the Museum and includes
works from Picasso, Ernst, and Man Ray. The featured piece of the Sculpture Garden is the
beautiful "Burghers of Calais" by Rodin. The sunken Garden has granite walkways
and pretty landscaping, making it a fantastic place to take a stroll.
A tip would be to start at the top. The exhibits that are more palatable to younger art
critics are on the top floor.