1 Hour at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden on the National Mall

Explore works inside the Smithsonian’s contemporary art museum, take in the view from the National Mall, and wander through the on-site sculpture garden.

Stop One

Start a staring contest with Ron Mueck’s Untitled (Big Man)

7th St & Independence Ave, SW
Floor 3, Outer Ring
Check out one of the most popular sculptures at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, despite its grumpy disposition. Seven feet tall, even while crouching, this giant nude figure at the entrance of Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection often startles visitors with its hyperrealistic features. Get acquainted with the rest of the collection on view, which features world-class art from some of the most iconic artists of our time, including Alberto Giacometti, Clyfford Still and Alexander Calder, arranged to inspire and provoke.

 

Stop Two

Take in a striking view of the National Mall

7th St & Independence Ave, SW
Floor 3, Lerner Room
Need a break? Take a seat on the long curved couch in the natural light-filled Lerner Room and look out onto a panoramic view of the National Mall framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. The Hirshhorn’s iconic circular architecture makes it one of the most distinctive buildings in Washington.

 

Stop Three

Explore art outdoors

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Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden
Wander through the plaza and across the street to the Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden to experience the museum’s collection of outdoor sculptures from around the world. Relax on a bench or find a comfy spot on the grass and marvel at works like Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais or Barry Flanagan’s Drummer.

 

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