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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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Wonderful African art exhibit

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Reston, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

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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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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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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San Angelo Texas
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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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Vero Beach, Florida
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The best part? Not crowded!! We had a very enjoyable visit and so much to see. The courtyard is beautiful. Not to be missed!

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New York, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We love stopping in this gallery after viewing the beautiful outdoor gardens and Half Moongate outside. Each time we have visited it has been so calm and quiet in comparison to the other Smithsonian museums. We found the Whistler Peacock room during this visit - what a beautiful room with an exquisite pottery display. Since it was Cherry Blossom celebration... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful museum of Asian art. We spend most of a day here looking at a wide variety of art. Oddly enough, there are two rooms of art by Whistler, who also painted the Peacock Room. Beautiful, but more Orientalism than truly Asian Art. All in all, worthwhile and enjoyable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

While not as heavily packed as the other smithsonian museums, it's still worth visiting if you're an arts or history lover. Each asian culture has a particular room, very well designed and informative. The sumi-e gallery is incredible. Nice garden in the middle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My daughter loves Asian art so we went to visit here. There are some very intricate art pieces and it was fun to visit and see them.

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