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Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013
+1 202-633-1000
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The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Together known as the Freer|Sackler, the museums are physically connected by an underground passageway and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and sheer love of Asian art. Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation.
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1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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Reviewed 30 December 2014

Rarely is it busy so you have time to really have time to appreciate the art displayed. Lovely building.

1  Thank WorldTraveler026
Reviewed 29 December 2014

I was so pleasantly surprised at the very extensive collection of ancient Asian artifacts and antiquities. This is a must-see for devotees of Asian art. It is an outstanding collection, especially the Peacock Room. The staff is very friendly.

Thank Lois L
Reviewed 21 December 2014

The Whistler collection, especially the "Peacock Room" are worth checking out, as is the Asian art. I'm not sure that the collection of African and African-American art is officially in these museums, but they are connected. As we haven't seen much of this type of...More

Thank Everett B
Reviewed 19 December 2014

Thankfully, a friend told us of this art gallery. The Asian art is beautiful. The Peacock Room is amazing. Worth a visit.

Thank nomadickitty
Reviewed 18 December 2014

I entered the Sackler Gallery and received a warm welcome from staff as well as information about exhibits ; I was especially interested in Unearthing Arabia. The archaic Chinese jades were spectacular. The underground passage leads to the Freer Gallery of Art. If you go,...More

Thank carole c
Reviewed 18 December 2014

Actually was on the way to a different museum but this museum promising Asian art looked attractive. Actually, it is an extremely extensive museum with art from the middle east through far east, and then some more modern works by Whistler, Dewey, etc that Freer...More

Thank SRCIsrael
Reviewed 11 December 2014 via mobile

I really enjoy this museum. So much of the art we in America are familiar with is European or African, but this museum is full of Asian and Middle Eastern art. I love all the Japanese pieces!

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 10 December 2014

in addition to the collections and the exhibitions, there are some very wonderful live presentations to go with exhibits or by themselves. I have seen theater groups that presented people in Beijing opera costumes to show the children the different characters often seen in these...More

Thank AshleyH88
Reviewed 9 December 2014

Wow, what a marvelous gallery. The displays are amazing and cover the entire south Asian and Himalayan areas and the spice road through to the Middle East. It's not one of the biggest Smithsonian museums but it is one of the best. You can linger...More

Thank Done_Romin
Reviewed 9 December 2014

Freer and Sackler, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle, hold astounding collections of art from throughout Asia and Africa. They are generally much less crowded that the other art museums on the Mall and nearby, but they are perhaps more compelling in helping the modern American...More

Thank David P
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Liliana D
5 August 2015|
Response from FS-staff | Property representative |
As a Smithsonian museum, the Freer|Sackler is always free!