Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hirshhorn + Newseum

One massive perk of Washington DC is its number of museums - free and otherwise. Seventeen of the nineteen Smithsonian museums are in DC - all of which are free - and each one takes at least an hour to properly explore. My favorites are the art institutions (no surprise there): the American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Hirshhorn. The Hirshhorn was most recently hyped over its temporary Infinity Mirrors exhibit, but its permanent collection is well worth a visit as well. The top floor is my favorite, as it's full of modern pieces that cover everything from hyper-realistic sculptures to twists on classic art to neon lights to the straight up strange. 

I've spent so much time at the free museums that I've covered only a few of the pay-to-enter sites, but the seemingly most popular one among DC locals is the Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism. It's more interesting than the title may seem: the Newseum contains exhibits with fascinating artifacts and police file evidence, such as a large section of the Berlin Wall, the Unabomber's cabin, the antenna from the top of the World Trade Center, and newspapers dating back as far as the 1400s, as well as sections about the freedom of information and the press across the globe and a gallery of Pulitzer Prize-winning photos. It's easy to spend an entire day at the Newseum (tickets are good for two consecutive days) and its exhibits leave you thinking well after you've left.

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