Hirshhorn Plaza

What are your hours of operation?

  • Open daily (except for December 25)
    Museum: 10 am–5:30 pm
    Sculpture Garden: 7:30 am–dusk
    Museum Shop: 10 am–5:30 pm
    Dolcezza Coffee (Lobby): M-F 9 am–5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am–5 pm
    Dolcezza Pop-up Gelato (Plaza/seasonal)

Do I need a ticket to get in?

  • The Hirshhorn is open to all. Admission is always free. Tickets are not required. Donations are accepted.

Do you have Wi-Fi?

  • Yes. Connect to our free Wi-Fi network si-visitor. We also offer a free and secure phone charging station on the Lower Level.

What kind of tours do you offer?

  • At the Hirshhorn we believe that modern and contemporary art demands a more active viewer. We never stop creating new informal programs to fit a wide range of audience needs and interests.
    SELF-GUIDED TOURS
    We encourage private and school groups to register for a self-guided tour in advance if you are planning to visit the museum. To schedule your visit please fill out this form at least one week in advance. If you have any questions about scheduling a visit for your group, please contact our Education Department at HMSGeducation@si.edu.
    PRIVATE GROUP TOURS
    10:30 am to 3:00PM: Group tours scheduled in advance focus on the Hirshhorn Collection, Special Exhibitions or they can be customized to meet your group’s unique interests. To schedule a tour, please fill out this form at least one month in advance. If you have any questions about scheduling a tour for your group, please contact our Education Department at HMSGeducation@si.edu.

What happens if I lose something at the museum?

  • Any items found in the Museum are turned into the Museum’s security office and then brought over to the central Lost and Found, located at Capital Gallery at the end of the day. The items are all logged in and sorted by museum. They are kept for 30 days. After that, they are donated to charity.
    Location: Capital Gallery, 600 Maryland Ave SW, 4th Floor
    Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday
    7:30 am to 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
    Telephone: 202-633-5630
    Facsimile: 202-633-5658

How can I buy an exhibition catalog or gifts in the museum shop?

  • The Museum Shop has a large selection of books, exhibition catalogs, postcards, and posters on modern and contemporary art. The shop also carries CDs, tapes, artist-crafted jewelry, design items, and toys. All merchandise is also available by mail order. Please contact the shop to discuss any merchandise available in the shop. Smithsonian Associates enjoy a 10% discount on Museum Shop items. Payments may be made with major credit cards or by check.
    Hours: Open daily, 10 am to 5:30 pm, except December 25
    Phone: 202-357-1429
    Fax: 202-357-3151
    E-mail: Hirshhorn_museumstore@si.edu

Does the museum allow videotaping or photography?

  • Yes! Please feel free to record your visit or take pictures, without flash and for personal use only. Share with us @Hirshhorn and #atHirshhorn!
    There may be occasional restrictions on photography in special exhibitions. Please check signs or ask a Gallery Guide for assistance.
    To keep our visitors and collections safe, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks in our museums and gardens.
    For more information, please check Smithsonian’s visitor tips: https://www.si.edu/visit/security.
    If you have questions about professional filming, photography, or photo shoots, please contact hmsgpress@si.edu.

Can I sketch in the Hirshhorn’s galleries?

  • Yes, but only with pencil. You may not use pens or set up an easel.

If I am a member of the media/press can I obtain special permission to film or photograph at the Hirshhorn?

  • Yes, members of the media/press may request access to photograph or film special exhibitions, collection galleries, and the Sculpture Garden or building. Most film and photo shoots require supervision from a registrar and may also sometimes require permission from the director of communications, director of collections management, chief curator, and head registrar. All press inquiries should be directed to hmsgpress@si.edu. Please visit our Press Room for further information and updated press releases.

If I am a member of the public, can I obtain images for non-press related purposes?

  • The public can request images for non-press related purposes by contacting the Collections Care and Management Department at HMSGcollections@si.edu. Photo Service fees may be applied.
    Please visit the Image Rights & Reproductions webpage for more information.

How can I obtain rights to reproduce an image in the collection for non-press related purposes like a catalog?

How do I arrange to see a work of art in your collection not on view?

  • Qualified scholars may request to see works not currently on view by appointment, depending on staff availability. Appointments with the Registrar should be made by email at least two months in advance. A formal letter of interest should be emailed to HMSGCollections@si.edu.

Where can I find information about past exhibitions if I am a member of the general public?

  • Past exhibitions arranged by date and title can be found by visiting the “Exhibitions” tab on the Hirshhorn’s website. The Hirshhorn’s Library also has many resources that can be used for researching past exhibitions. Members of the public can visit the Library by appointment. Arrangements can be made by emailing HMSGLibMail@si.edu or calling (202) 633-2773.
    Have questions regarding past exhibitions and image requests? Please contact HMSGCollections@si.edu.

Can anyone use the Hirshhorn library?

  • Yes. Anyone is welcome to utilize the Hirshhorn’s library by appointment. Arrangements can be made by emailing HMSGLibrary@si.edu or calling (202) 633-2773.

Where can I get information about a specific work in your collection?

  • Many of our works are available to search online on the Hirshhorn website. Also visit the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center for additional information. The information is maintained and updated by the Hirshhorn staff and new records are frequently added. The Museum collection archives and research team can assist researchers. Please contact HMSGcollections@si.edu for more information.
    You may also make an appointment to visit the Hirshhorn’s library to research specific artists and art movements. Library research arrangements can be made by emailing HMSGLibMail@si.edu or calling (202) 633-2773.
    Collections storage improvements are underway for the rest of 2018. Due to construction in collection spaces, there will be limited access to artworks and a delay in processing research requests. Please contact the registration office at HMSGcollections@si.edu for more information about accessing our collections.

How can I find out if a particular work of art is currently on view at the Hirshhorn?

  • To determine whether or not a particular work of art is currently on view at the Hirshhorn, please visit Collection Works on View. Collection information on the site is updated on a regular basis.

How many objects are in the collection?

  • The Hirshhorn Museum holds about 11,500 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, film and videos, and installation-based works. In addition to Joseph H. Hirshhorn’s gifts and bequests, these holdings comprise collections acquired since 1974, as well as additional gifts and bequests of generous benefactors. The Hirshhorn continues to collect and strengthen its holdings of certain artists and mediums. Recently, the Hirshhorn began a new group called the Collections Acquisitions Council, a group committed to researching and acquiring contemporary works of art, sometimes by emerging artists. To learn more about how the Hirshhorn continues to collect the most exciting contemporary art in the nation, please visit our Press Room.

How do I request to borrow a work of art from the museum’s collection?

  • The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden maintains an active lending program with accredited national museums, international museums, and galleries for the purpose of public exhibition. Please limit your request to six objects. If you would like to borrow a work of art from the Hirshhorn collection, please send a formal request letter and an updated facility report for your institution at least 12 months prior to the opening of your exhibition. For questions, please contact HMSGcollections@si.edu.
    Collections storage improvements are underway for the rest of 2018. Due to construction in collection spaces, there will be limited access to artworks and a delay in processing research requests. Please contact the registration office at HMSGcollections@si.edu for more information about accessing our collections.

Can I submit my work of art to the curatorial department?

  • The Hirshhorn does not accept unsolicited gifts of art.

How can I find the value of an artwork?

  • As a Federal organization, the Hirshhorn’s staff may not authenticate or make monetary appraisals or estimates on any works of art for any purpose. Reputable sources for this type of assistance include major auction houses such as Christie’s International and Sotheby’s, as well as the Art Dealers Association and the Appraisers Association of America.

Can the Hirshhorn restore my work of art?

  • No, but the Hirshhorn Conservation Lab may assist scholars with general questions about the physical condition or preservation of artworks. Our conservators’ primary responsibility is the physical well-being of works of art that are permanently or temporarily in the museum’s care. Scholars may contact the Conservation Lab at hmsgcollections@si.edu with specific questions.

Did Joseph Hirshhorn pay for the museum?

  • No, the Hirshhorn Museum is primarily federally funded, as it is a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1899-1981) gave his extensive art collection to the nation in 1966 and later contributed $1 million to the Smithsonian Institution toward the construction of the Hirshhorn building designed by Gordon Bunshaft.

Do I need to download an app to use Hirshhorn Eye?

  • You can access our in-gallery mobile guide, Hirshhorn Eye, and all of its exclusive content by visiting hi.si.edu on your phone’s browser. If you have any questions, our visitor services staff are ready to assist in getting you connected.