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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 20560
Phone Number: (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.
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A favorite of mine with hidden gems. Very few crowds and the focus is on asian art. I love that the exhibits change so each time I go I see new things. It's perhaps not as grand... read more

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

A favorite of mine with hidden gems. Very few crowds and the focus is on asian art. I love that the exhibits change so each time I go I see new things. It's perhaps not as grand as say the things in aerospace museum but just as important as what's there in terms of value. Again - little to no... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The Freer/Sackler exhibits change fairly frequently so those who take the time to stop by every time they visit DC, as I do, will be treated to something new each time. Asian inspired American, Middle Eastern, and Asian art is the focus, so you may find ancient ceramics, screen paintings, and metal work. The design of the buildings themselves is... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Freer Gallery is gem. It is mainly a museum for Asian Art with beautifully displayed rooms. It is very modern and light in feeling. One of its treats is the Peacock Room by Whistler. The story behind this room is very funny and helps explain the often-found tension between artists and his/her patrons. It is relatively small, on a... More 

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Greenbelt, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Freer/Sackler is probably down on the list of places to visit in DC, but it's well worth a stop if you've got the time. It's got some spectacular Asian and Asian-inspired art, plus Whistler's Peacock Room, and - one of my favorite paintings - John Singer Sargent's "Breakfast in the Loggia."

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We visited on a January weekday and there was barely anyone there. The art work is good and the museum is small so as not to be overwhelmed. The Peacock room was nice but I didn't think it was as spectacular as other reviewers stated. I would have given the museum 4 stars but for a small issue that annoyed... More 

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Abingdon, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Most of this museum displays Islamic, Japanese, Chinese and Korean art. There are sculptures, ceramics. screens, jewelry, paintings, and tea-related items. There are some special exhibits too. Right now they are featuring the etching of Venice done by Whistler. Don't miss the shoe exhibit--very cool. Don't miss the Peacock Room. It is breath-taking. The guard explained to us that this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

revolving exhibits of art. This is a tiny place, but good to explore. Not on the top ten like but good for a walk through if you are nearby.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Rarely is it busy so you have time to really have time to appreciate the art displayed. Lovely building.

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Wayne, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I was so pleasantly surprised at the very extensive collection of ancient Asian artifacts and antiquities. This is a must-see for devotees of Asian art. It is an outstanding collection, especially the Peacock Room. The staff is very friendly.

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Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The Whistler collection, especially the "Peacock Room" are worth checking out, as is the Asian art. I'm not sure that the collection of African and African-American art is officially in these museums, but they are connected. As we haven't seen much of this type of art it was a worthwhile visit. I would note that the entire complex is a... More 

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