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

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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. For Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and beyond, use our Washington DC family vacation planner to get the most from your Washington DC vacation.
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  • Asian arts mostly pottery, statues and antiquities. Love the Turquoise Mountain exhibit which allows you to touch which is nice for little kids. Love the pottery display.  more »
  • This gallery is mostly asian, and some middle-eastern. Various buddist and hindu statues, some plates and bowls arranged uniquely. There is a lower level with an area for demostrations and music. Also...  more »
  • Many overlook the Freer which is hard to explain. The location is right beside the Smithsonian Metro Station and in the middle of the Mall. The building is lovely an full of wonderful Asian art plus s...  more »