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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 particularly 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.


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • On October 1, dedication ceremonies are attended by high government officials and dignitaries. A formal opening was held on the evening of October 3 for Smithsonian Associates.
  • Torch, 11/1974, p. 1, 3-6
  • Fact sheet from the Office of Public Affairs regarding the opening of the Hirshhorn
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"

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October 4, 1974


  • Art
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  • Sculpture
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