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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  • Wonderful exhibits both permanent & visiting. Loved the unusual, whimsical nature of some of the exhibits. Includes South Asian exhibits too. The Qur'an exhibit was very enlightening - the first of it...  more »
  • If you want to see an unusual first of its kind art exhibit, go to the Freer / Sackler museum and see the Art of the Qu'ran. There are beautiful examples of Arabic calligraphy and gorgeous illuminated...  more »
  • We went specifically to see two exhibits and were very pleasantly surprised by the space. You enter through a small round building and access the exhibits via an elevator to an underground space. One ...  more »