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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 #24 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, 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...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.

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

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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Groton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I entered the Sackler Gallery and received a warm welcome from staff as well as information about exhibits ; I was especially interested in Unearthing Arabia. The archaic Chinese jades were spectacular. The underground passage leads to the Freer Gallery of Art. If you go, do not miss Whistler's Peacock Room. The various collections in these galleries will keep you... More 

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Actually was on the way to a different museum but this museum promising Asian art looked attractive. Actually, it is an extremely extensive museum with art from the middle east through far east, and then some more modern works by Whistler, Dewey, etc that Freer thought had similar themes to the Asian works and set them up to juxtapose one-another.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I really enjoy this museum. So much of the art we in America are familiar with is European or African, but this museum is full of Asian and Middle Eastern art. I love all the Japanese pieces!

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Germantown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

in addition to the collections and the exhibitions, there are some very wonderful live presentations to go with exhibits or by themselves. I have seen theater groups that presented people in Beijing opera costumes to show the children the different characters often seen in these opera. Also, there was a show with a modern block printing artist who painted old... More 

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Biloela, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Wow, what a marvelous gallery. The displays are amazing and cover the entire south Asian and Himalayan areas and the spice road through to the Middle East. It's not one of the biggest Smithsonian museums but it is one of the best. You can linger over exhibits and really appreciate the sense of history in these regions. If your in... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Freer and Sackler, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle, hold astounding collections of art from throughout Asia and Africa. They are generally much less crowded that the other art museums on the Mall and nearby, but they are perhaps more compelling in helping the modern American viewer connect with times and cultures most unlike their own. Given that some of the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

You need to make selections when you come to DC but don't miss this world-class display of Asian art including an amazing reconstruction of a room housing both art and furnishings. This one need not take hours (one should be enough if time is limited) but it's well worth the time and you will leave awe-struck at just how many... More 

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North Springfield, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The great thing about an under-appreciated gem like this is that you can go and feel like it's all for you. You can linger over the pieces and really drink them in. They always have interesting special exhibits from around the world and the permanent collection is fabulous. If you're a gallery lover like me, do yourself a favor and... More 

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taylor lake village, tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The lay-out of the Freer building leads to the effects of some good Asian art: calmness. The halls are wide enough for families to pass by and through. The rooms are large enough for ease of looking without cramping others. Materials are nicely laid out and explained. Whistler's Peacock Room is a treat, as are his artworks here. Love the... More 

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