Renowned art museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden5
Why locals love it
Part of the Smithsonian institution, the Hirshhorn is one of America's "big five" modern art museums. The plan of the building is circular, like the Guggenheim and also like a space ship, which makes it unique given the surrounding architecture of monuments on the National Mall. In a sense, the building itself is the object of abstract art.
Why you should visit it
Just over 40 years old, the Hirshhorn is a place of art, criticism, and dialogue in its history and in the contents within the museum. The sculpture garden is unique and hosts a spectrum of things from a wishing tree to works by Rodin. The Hirshhorn has thousands of pieces and boasts contemporary exhibits year round.
The website has a 40th anniversary timeline which shows the spectrum of work the museum's hosted since its inception.