Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn

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The hottest ticket in Washington, DC right now is the impossible-to-get free ticket into Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute. Every Monday at noon tickets are released, which promptly crashes the website and sells out in 2 minutes. It is crazy! You can show up to the museum at 9:30am and stand in line in hopes you score one of the walk-up tickets to see the Infinity Mirrors.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit pumpkin room

I showed up at 9:45am thinking it was a Monday and who would really be out on a semi-rainy Monday. I was dumb. Don’t be like me. The line was enormous and wrapped around the building. However, you should be like me and wait for only 5 minutes before some random person walks past the line asking if anyone is by themselves because they have 1 extra ticket. You have never seen me move to fast. I ran up to him and snagged that extra ticket. It was incredibly lucky of me.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit optical illusions

Right away the museum staff whisked me away into the Hirshhorn and into the Infinity Mirrors exhibit. The exhibit is on the 2nd floor and has a few “areas” with art and 5 “rooms” that are made up of mirrors, lights, and objects creating the coolest optical scenes.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit tenticles

Actually the firstmirrored room was my least favorite. We had to go into rooms 2 or 3 at a time. I made friends with another single woman and we cruised through the rooms together.

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The second room was much cooler than the first! The pink ball room:

Infinity Mirrors exhibit pink polka dot balls

The area around the pink ball room was fun- look inside this giant pink ball to see all the little pink balls- I named this one Capillaries as it reminded me of a pink blood stream.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit pink illusions

Holding up a pink ball.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit pink ball fun

The galaxy mirror room was a crowd favorite. It was so sparkly!

Infinity Mirrors exhibit galaxy room

You only get to spend 20-30 seconds in each room so taking a few photos or a short video is about all you can do. I liked to take some photos and then just enjoy it the rest of the time.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit floating candle room

I called this one the Harry Potter floating candle room. Because at Hogwarts there were always floating candles in the Great Hall at dinner time. The lights dimmed in and out creating an almost magical appearance.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit floating candles

Other really eclectic art in-between the rooms:

Infinity Mirrors exhibit other art

And then came the best mirror room- the Pumpkin room. Yayoi Kusama made these pumpkins look so numerous it seemed like you were in a glowing field of pumpkins.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit pumpkin patch

Because we were so early, the first group let into the museum, we convinced the lady working to let us go in separately for this one since we really didn’t know each other and didn’t want too many photos with both of us Smile  Seriously, this place is so cool.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit pumpkins

The end of the tour was into the dot room. A room with lots of dots. They give you dots to add, and add I did.

Infinity Mirrors exhibit dot room

The Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn was by far my most favorite modern art experience ever. Unfortunately the exhibit only runs through May 14 so go on a boring weekday really, really early. Or magically snag a ticket like I did. Who knows, because the Infinity Mirrors exhibit is so wildly popular, maybe they can extend it? I hope so!

Reader Question: Which room is your favorite? Pink ball, Pumpkins, Galaxy, or Harry’s floating candles? Do you like modern art?

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7 Replies to “Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn”

  1. This looks so fun! We’ve been trying to get tickets but haven’t been successful yet. That’s awesome that you were able to snag that ticket someone was offering in line 🙂

  2. This is super cool! The day you went was your lucky day. From your photos, I know why this exhibition is so popular. It is hard to choose a favorite but the galaxy room is very beautiful. I think we have something similar in Los Angeles but it is free of charge and almost impossible to get in. #WeekendWanderlust

  3. My daughter would LOVE putting a dot in the dot room. She and I went to a Kusama exhibit in Houston last summer. Despite it being quite popular, I lucked out and only waited in line for a few minutes. This exhibit included 2 infinity rooms. One of them was very similar to the HP Floating Candle room you saw except with light bulbs. I liked it overall but was rather disappointed that we were only permitted one time through each room. I tried to repeat the one with the floating lights because there was no one in line, but they wouldn’t let me do it again. : ( Still, it was a very interesting exhibit.

  4. Seriously hoping (and sadly doubting) we’ll get a chance to get there before Infinity Mirrors closes. Or maybe they’ll take it on the road, or extend it, because it is one of the coolest exhibits ever. I also love the dot room though. For a few seconds, I actually thought about doing that to my living room!

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