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

Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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Owner description: 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.
Tucson, Arizona
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“Peacock Room with natural light, limited hours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Harmony in Blue and Gold can be seen on the third Thursday of each month with its shutters open for natural light. Quite different to see it this way...and worth timing your visit to the Freer in order to do it. We had a very good docent present who offered to give me more information about the room. He explained some interesting things about the room and of course, about Whistler's involvement with the Leylands and how that ended up. I love, love, love Whistler's paintings and this room is a gem. Take time to look at the walls and notice how they are decorated, and be sure to take a look at a photo of the room before Whistler began his artistic handiwork. It's pretty clear he had a very strong ego to go with his awesome talent.

Visited April 2014
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redondo beach, ca
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“classic, small yet a must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

amazing collection of far east art. The place is small...but perfect. One has to stroll through it and see the antiquities... very nice collection of Buddha and far east things

Visited April 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Ideal for Oriental art lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

I visit these galleries often, not only to enjoy the many exhibitions they host, but also the permanent collection which is truly priceless. Don't miss the Peacock Room in the Freer, and the lower level of the Sackler which has some wonderful collections from India, Iran, China and the middle east.

Visited April 2014
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Fiddletown, California
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“Like a grand hors d'oeuvres plate of History and Archaelogy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

It's a must-see aspect of the Smithsonian complex that was shockingly devoid of tourists when we were visiting and touring there ourselves. The exhibits featured while we were there were focused on pre-Islam (in it's current form) Persia and Asia stretching to dynastic Egypt... The exhibits are, every single one, sure to amaze anyone interested in being in close proximity to such beautiful examples of the art and artistry, the splendor of man's achievements from that bygone era. This unique gallery is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Visited September 2013
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Webb City, Missouri
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“Ran thru quickly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Wanted to see Peacock room at Freer, had to go through several galleries to find it. The art was very nice if you like Asian art. Amazing Asian Wall Panel art.

Visited April 2014
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