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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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Description: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the neighboring Freer Gallery of Art...
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. 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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Nice collection in a beautiful building

The Peacock Room is amazing. Collection is diverted and not overwhelming, very enjoying collections.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

The Peacock Room is amazing. Collection is diverted and not overwhelming, very enjoying collections.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

At the end of the museum row, this one often seems overlooked. Great exhibits and some special permanent Whistler pieces.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We went to the Freer gallery to see the Peacock room. It is quite the place. We decided to look at the rest of the exhibits while we were there. They have excellent collections of Asian ceramics, paintings, screens, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

In the Freer Gallery I saw the original Peacock Room (way over-the -top!) painted by Whistler for his wealthy patron. I loved Whistler's mural of the fighting peacocks entitled "Art and Money"; or, the "Story of the Room." In the Sackler Gallery I saw Darren Waterston's Peacock Room Remix, "Filthy Lucre" (on exhibition through January 2, 2017). Great food for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I have visited a few times and there have never been any crowds. There is a lovely courtyard and the museum has a the air of a private collection. There is a fountain and interesting pottery on the ground floor. The Asian artifacts are well worth the trip. The changing exhibits are intesrting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I've lived here for 23 years and had never been to this Museum. It's mostly below ground. They currently have some wonderful African artist on exhibit. Worth a go see

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nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Quiet, not crowded, really fine collection. Staff there was very helpful and kind. Gift shop is full of very nice things. I'm definitely going back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Although a small part of the total collection- the Freer/Sackler has a truly fantastic group of Tibetan and Nepalese statues. This part of the collection did not focus on Thankas or some other aspects of religious Tibetan/Himalayan art. But the relatively few statues of Tibetan Buddhist/Hindu gods were very very fine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My daughter loves this museum and I know why, it is beautiful. Mostly asian art laid out in the most delicate and appealing way. Worth a visit for 1-2 hours as this gallery is often not crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

At the Freer, a long closure for refurbishment lies ahead. It's still the place to see works of James McNeill Whistler, including the Peacock Room (which has its shutters open for natural light one day a month). I've seen it a number of times, and it's still fabulous, perhaps worth seeing just for the beautiful light fixtures. Along with paintings,... More 

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