October 4, 1974

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden opens to the public. It is the Smithsonian’s museum for modern and contemporary art and is also known for its extensive sculpture collection. The inaugural exhibition, representing highlights from the permanent collection, and including 900 works in all media, some of which had never before been exhibited, will run through September 15, 1975.

Posted: 4 October 2010
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