Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC

4.6
As the premier museums for Asian art in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery house significant collections of art from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic world, the ancient Near East, and ancient Egypt. The two galleries are physically connected and located on the south side of the National Mall. The Freer Gallery, opened in 1923, also showcases a large collection of American art, including James McNeill Whistler's controversial Peacock Room. The buildings differ greatly in architecture, with the Freer building following a Classical style, while much of the Sackler Gallery--opened in 1987--is located underground. The latter's most well-known art includes works in ancient Chinese jades and bronzes. Add Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and other attractions to your Washington DC trip itinerary using our Washington DC trip website .
Create an itinerary including Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
map
Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
586 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • We only had a brief time to visit the Freer and Sackler Galleries, but our too brief visit was so enjoyable. The buddhas are unbelievable. We love Asian art and were just wowed every time every time w...  more »
  • Beautiful art, impressed with the installations specially Terminal it is Jaw Dropping. The Buddha collection is exquisite. If you go to DC please stop by you won't regret it  more »
  • Very interested in World Religions and Asian Art, so this was a wonderful blend of the two. The Docent that lead our tour was interesting and Informative. The museum as a whole was great and the Buddh...  more »
Google
  • What a lovely art gallery. The staff was very friendly and directed me to the exhibits that I wanted to see. Make sure you stop by the information center and they'll be able to tell you when the guided tours happen. The two buildings are connected underground and you kind of have to wander through a maze to get from one to the other but it's doable. Exhibit change all the time
  • Gorgeous gallery. Their regular collections are fascinating and beautiful. They are special exhibit on Lyons was dramatic and interesting. Most Fascinating was the special exhibit on the lovely Bells. There were very few people there and I saw most of the gallery in 2 hours. High recommend.
  • We took advantage of the holiday weekend to visit the Gallery and we’re glad we did. The Arts of Asia meet America is amazing. The place is clean and airy, the collection is rich with artifacts and very informative, yet the display is not crowded. I particularly love the collection of Tibetan Buddhas. I would recommend this Gallery to the Asian Arts lovers.
  • The Freer and Sackler Galleries are the Smithsonian's originals and despite its small space, you should pay it a visit. It's on the National Mall and free and has one of the most beautiful courtyards in DC. Here are a few interesting facts about the galleries: 1. Opening in 1923, it was the first art museum in the Smithsonian network. 2. Charles Freer, a business man and private art collector, designed the museum to house his collection. He planned the museum knowing he wouldn't live to see the opening. 3. To prevent "museum fatigue," the space is intentionally kept small preserving its domestic feel. 4. Its courtyard was once called "the most beautiful spot in Washington" and also housed peacocks in the 1920s. 5. The museum is mostly dedicated to Asian art but there is a small collection of American art. Enjoy!
  • Beautiful architecture that we only saw in passing. Looking forward to the next trip so we can see more.
Places to stay near Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Plan your trip to Washington DC

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery by other users

6 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in District of Columbia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 38 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM MAURITIUS June, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans