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. 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 .
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  • My wife and I visited mainly to see the Japanese collection (I lived in Japan for several years as a child, which imbued me with a love of the culture and art), but we also took time to visit their En...  more »
  • Both of these galleries are small, but exquisite. Their exhibit presentations are always first-class, and fortunately, they are rarely crowded. The Freer Gallery was recently re-opened after an extens...  more »
  • Despite two separate museums seem the Freer and the Sackler are intertwined in the basement, which is where they concentrate the main works on display. Great place to have a contact with the art made in Asia and the Middle East, with emphasis on the areas of Japan and China, in addition to the exhibitions linked to Buddhism and exploitation of animals as deities in Egypt. There are also pieces from Iran and Iraq, whose beauty contrasts with the current is of these two countries. Sure, a recommended site for visitors, even more access, just like other Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, is free.
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