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The founder of the Hirschhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Joseph Hirschhorn left an impressive legacy of art and inspiration to the American People. He had an immense passion for art. So much so that at one time he had more than 6,000 pieces in his collection housed at several private locations. It was Hirschhorn’s adoration for the arts that inspired a new museum of art in Washington DC in the late 1960’s. The Hirschhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden opened its doors in 1974, featuring Joseph Hirschhorn’s personal collection of paintings and sculpture, which he generously donated so that all of the American people could enjoy it as much as he did.
Today, visitors can see marvelous works of International contemporary and modern art including a glorious sculpture garden modeled after Hirschhorn’s own at his Connecticut estate. Each year, thousands of people are in awe as they walk the galleries at the Hirschhorn and enjoy the lectures, tours, films and various other special events that make this museum a treasured Washington DC experience.