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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, varied artistic exhibits. A pleasant place to walk through and look around. Something for everyone here, even the kids. I especially like the sketch kits that were available... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Nice, varied artistic exhibits. A pleasant place to walk through and look around. Something for everyone here, even the kids. I especially like the sketch kits that were available at the entrance if you felt inspired and wanted to sketch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

While as not as large or crowded as some of the other Smithsonian museums, these peaceful and quiet galleries contain a range of artifacts and exhibits from across Asia. I particularly enjoyed the Japanese painting and the "Art from the Islamic World" exhibit. The artwork really shows how beauty can be expressed so differently in various cultures, eras, and mediums.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Several months ago I read that the estate of the adventurer and explorer Wendell G. Phillips, famously known as the American "Lawrence of Arabia", had donated his ancient Arabian artifact collection from his expeditions to Timna, once the capital of the Qataban kingdom in what is now modern Yemen, to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian's National Museum... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

In some ways this is my favourite museum in Washington DC. It is so easy to be exhausted by many of the other museums, with their encyclopaedic collections housed in turgid and bombastic neo-classical buildings. Everything about this museum is on a human-scale and the collections can be enjoyed and studied in one visit, although they certainly repay revisiting. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The Freer and Sackler galleries are gems of amazing Asian art from various periods. The collections and temporary exhibits are tastefully presented. The buildings and the inner courtyard are well planned.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We stopped in this time for the Peacock Room and the Remix. It is worth the trip in to see the new take on the Peacock Room and the relationship of the Patron and the Artist.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Although the Peacock room was unique, the best Chinese art and calligraphy on display are superb. The work of Bada Shennen (a prince in the Ching Dynasty) was on display this month. It captured his thoughts and struggle as he went through life as a prince to a monk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is art with a story: that of the relationship between an artist and an industrialist. It's compelling to see the relationship's history through the art on view: a beautiful living room, some still-life drawings, portraits and - the piece de resistance - Darren Waterston's "remix" of the original living room. We (early-40s) loved this. Our kids (aged 7 to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Worth visiting for the Peacock Room and the story of the friendship and eventual estrangement between Whistler and Leyland. I didn't know the details of this prior to this visit. The Peacock Room is astonishing. The Remix exhibit in the Sackler Gallery is interesting as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I wandered into this museum with a friend without knowing what it was and was utterly charmed. Its collection of East Asian art was fascinating and well presented. We both learned a lot and were delighted by the collection's artistic merits. Very strongly recommended.

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Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013
Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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