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Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

1050 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
(202) 633-1000
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Ranked #22 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the neighboring Freer Gallery of Art form the national museum of Asian art for the United States. As part of the... more » Owner description: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the neighboring Freer Gallery of Art form the national museum of Asian art for the United States. As part of the Smithsonian Institution, the galleries are dedicated to advancing public knowledge about the arts and cultures of Asia through exhibitions, publications, research and education. The Sackler Gallery, located at 1050 Independence Avenue S.W., on the National Mall in Washington, is open every day except Dec. 25., from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and admission is free. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

1. FREER GALLERY OF ART On my way to the Smithsonian Institution Building, I noticed this Gallery that I had never visited since relocating to Washington, DC in 1972. At 10:30 a.m., there were only 4 of us visiting it. Located on one floor, the exhibits are systematically organized by Room Numbers. Its exhibits are mostly sculptures, metal ware, and... More

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claremont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Even thought it was smaller than I expected, the room that Whistler redecorated is beautiful and inspiring. Take a few moments to sit in the middle of the room and just take it all in!

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

If you weary of hordes of people, echoing noisy corridors, and peering around and over tourists, may I suggest the beauty and serenity of the Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery right next to the American History museum. A notebook contains pages on the history on how James Whistler painted the room, outraged his British patron, and how another patron... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

If you have any interest in Asian art, this is a must-see museum. My husband and I stumbled across the Sackler on our way to the Hirshhorn, and I’m so glad we popped in for a visit. They have an amazing collection of art from Japan, China and India. The highlight for us was an exhibit of woodblock prints by... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Sackler Gallery has a wonderful permanent collection of Asian Art and always has one or two interesting special exhibitions. The adjoining Freer Gallery also has a wonderful Asian Art collection, plus many works by James Macneil Whistler, including the Peacock Room he designed for Mr. Freer.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I love Japanese art and pottery. My husband and I go every time they change an exhibit. I remember on pottery exhibit that made me want to never leave the museum. Of course Whistler's Peacock Room itself is worth a visit. I also love the layout of the museum - it is a beautiful gem of a building.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The Freer and the Sackler are absolutely fine galleries, but they are must visits this summer. There is a small Chinese landscape exhibition in the Freer right now that is truly sublime. There are pieces from four dynasty periods, but the four or five from the Song Dynasty are so lovely they'll take your breath away. In the Sackler, there... More

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Chesterland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Tucked away in a corner of the mall, beside the castle, is the oldest art museum on the National Mall. The Freer was the gift of a private art collector who had close ties with James Whistler (of "Whistler's Mother" fame, although THAT painting is in Paris). The museum is not terribly large, but has many appealing pieces from Asia.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Side by side (with an indoor connection) behind the Castle, these two buildings are devoted primarily to Asian art. But there’s also a major collection of Whistler paintings, other American art, as well as Egyptian, Islamic and Biblical. No food. In between is the Ripley Center, a small, generally overlooked Smithsonian building housing changing exhibitions.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

"An American in London: Whistler and the Thames" is on exhibit until late summer. If you like to absorb the contribution of James McNeill Whistler, his time in London and the orient, this presentation is terrific. The paintings focus primarily on the changes brought by industrialization: changing vistas, new landmarks, even the dense atmosphere of smog mingled with gaslight, mostly... More

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