Updated Mar 22, 2023 - Things to Do

Hirshhorn’s Kusama exhibition extended into the summer

A visitor enjoy's one of the Kusama exhibition infinity mirror rooms.

A visitor enjoys Kusama's “My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe" infinity mirror room. Photo: Courtesy of Matailong Du

The "One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection" exhibition is here for a few more months.

  • The display of the beloved work of Yayoi Kusama, who celebrates her 94th birthday Wednesday, was extended at the Hirshhorn Museum through July 16. It was previously scheduled to end this spring.

Why it matters: The exhibition is wildly popular. So far, by Hirshhorn estimates, it's attracted more than 350,000 people (not including kids 12 and under.)

Details: Visitors love the exhibition in part because it centers Kusama’s mirror rooms that showcase her signature polka dots. The experience is brief but perfect for fun pictures and folks with short attention spans.

All of Kusama’s previously displayed works will stay, including the iconic yellow and black “Pumpkin.”

  • In addition to the mirror rooms — "Phalli’s Field" (red polka dots) and "My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe" (multicolored polka dots) — "Self-Portrait" an etching on loan from the National Museum of Asian Art and "Yayoi Kusama Cp AP," a photogram of Kusama by photographer Kunié Sugiura, will also stay on view.

How to see it: Get free next-day passes online each day at noon. Or Hirshhorn Insider members are able to get at least two passes that are good for one visit whenever the museum is open.

Pro tip: Tickets will go fast, especially now that we’ve entered the busy spring tourism season. If you’re not a Hirshhorn Insider, aim to get tickets right at noon. According to museum officials, they often run out of next-day passes in under 15 minutes.

  • Children 12 and under don't need their own pass but should be accompanied by an adult (each adult with a pass can bring up to two kids.)

This story was originally published on Oct. 26, 2022, and has been updated to reflect the extension.


Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Washington D.C..


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Washington D.C. stories

Washington D.C.postcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Washington D.C..


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more