Hirshhorn Gift Accepted; Legislation Signed

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Congress accepts Joseph H. Hirshhorn's gift, authorizes a site for the construction of the museum, and provides statutory authority for the appropriation of construction and operating funds (PL. 89-788). The gift includes nearly 5,000 paintings and drawings, more than 1,500 pieces of sculpture, and $1 million for future acquisitions. President Lyndon B. Johnson approves legislation to establish the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens. The act contained a ceiling of $15,000,000 for funds authorized to be appropriated for planning and constructing the Museum and Sculpture Gardens.


  • Hirshhorn, Joseph H
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1968. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1968, p. 225.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 151.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," December 1966, p. 1.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1967. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1967, p. 375.

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November 7, 1966


  • Art
  • Law
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Gifts
  • Art objects
  • Buildings
  • Building
  • Legislation

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