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

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Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013
Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
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The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery...

The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Together known as the Freer|Sackler, the museums are physically connected by an underground passageway and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and sheer love of Asian art.

Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation.

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Marvelous Museum!

How lucky we were to be able to view this gallery as it is closing for the next 18 months for renovations. This Italian-style villa is filled with East and South Asian as well as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

How lucky we were to be able to view this gallery as it is closing for the next 18 months for renovations. This Italian-style villa is filled with East and South Asian as well as Islamic art. The highlight of this museum for me was Whistler’s Peacock Room. It is truly an exquisite room that was transported from London, England... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked through with the kids who unfortunately we're completely underwhelmed. We aren't really an art appreciating family but walked through anyway. The kids got bored very quickly - I would recommend skipping this Smithsonian if you have limited time (the Renwick is much better if the you have the kids).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought I wouldn’t want to visit because I live in China and I didn’t want to see anymore Asian Art but my Chinese wife thought it would make her feel less homesick. We’re glad we did because they were going to be closing for an extended period due to renovations. The artwork did not just focus on China but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The whole Smithsonian complex of museums is a tribute to the very best of American hospitality. The quality of the exhibitions are all EXTRAORDINARY and the Sackler and Freer are also excellent AND THEY ARE ALL FREE access with my favorite beigtae HIRSCHORN Gallery....Its a rare pleasure to go to the Mall in DC and there is never enough time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the first, if not the first museum on the National Mall. it is now closed for extensive renovations. The collection is extensive but the MO of the museum is to show a few objects at a time. That is why on repeat visits you may not see the same things as you had before.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Freer is currently closed, but We just popped into the Sackler on an impulse. With Impressive modern architecture creating great shapes. It was Avery accessible gallery and not overwhelming. We loved the Peacock room remix "filthy lucre" exhibition, a fantastic concept and stunning exhibition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is one of a kind for the world. However, it is now closed for extensive renovation for an extended period of time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

If you love art or just had to suffer through it in high school and college you will appreciate walking around. Even if you don't know a whole lot about art and art history, such as myself, you will appreciate walking around. I saw so many pieces that I recognized from school and in passing through the year through other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Love these two small galleries - free, many rotating exhibits, lovely outdoor spaces and courtyards.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

This Smithsonian features art from all over Asia - Indonesia, Japan, Korea, India, Iraq and much more (the Silk Road finds were incredible). Many of these exhibits are thousands of years old and the stories attached to them and the history of which they are a part is truly breathtaking. The museum is pretty much a walk and view but... More 

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