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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 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
Reviewed 6 December 2014

You need to make selections when you come to DC but don't miss this world-class display of Asian art including an amazing reconstruction of a room housing both art and furnishings. This one need not take hours (one should be enough if time is limited)...More

Thank IntlTravlrRevwr
Reviewed 4 December 2014

The great thing about an under-appreciated gem like this is that you can go and feel like it's all for you. You can linger over the pieces and really drink them in. They always have interesting special exhibits from around the world and the permanent...More

Thank Laurie G
Reviewed 3 December 2014

The lay-out of the Freer building leads to the effects of some good Asian art: calmness. The halls are wide enough for families to pass by and through. The rooms are large enough for ease of looking without cramping others. Materials are nicely laid out...More

Thank localworldtraveler
Reviewed 2 December 2014

Lovely architecture and the Whistler room is a must see. Close to the Smithsonian stop on the DC Metro.

Thank artemis360
Reviewed 1 December 2014

Terrific exhinbit on Benin and a wonderful way to spend 1-2 hours learning about different cultures While many photos on exhibit were just from 30-40 years back it was a lens on a different world

Thank lgppres
Reviewed 29 November 2014

A lot of offbeat and fun stuff here - and we only went in to get out of a rain shower! Ended up spending well over an hour. The lady at the front desk really made it for us - gave a lot of good...More

Thank etlaif
Reviewed 22 November 2014

This is right on the beaten path but practically empty. I stumbled upon it really and was so glad I did! Amazing ancient Asian and Himalayan art! A great place to enjoy some peace, quiet among the hustle and bustle of the other, more popular...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 18 November 2014

This is one of the smaller Smithsonian museums. Don't be fooled by the small above-ground building, many of the exhibits are underground. The must-see is the Peacock Room, a spectacular ornate gilded room that was once the dining room of an English shipping magnate. Download...More

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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!