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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  • Posting this to let travelers know that the freer Gallery is under renovation. There are still a few interesting exhibits open, just don't expect the collection.  more »
  • A beautiful collection of Asian art and artifacts, that also has the most incredible rotating exhibits and touring exhibits. Serene space interior, well lit, easy to navigate, a great selection in the...  more »
  • Too bad the museum has been closed for almost two years. We traveled to DC specifically to see the collections, but forgot to check to see if the museum was open. Who would have thought? I've been the...  more »