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Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013 (National Mall)
+1 202-633-1000
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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. 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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“Great Collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I visited Ara Guler's Anatolia exhibition and other permanent collections as well two days ago. This is a small but well-organized museum with great collections and it is free. I love Smithsonian Museums. Thanks to James Smithson...

Visited February 2014
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new canaan ct
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“I Visit Every Trip to DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

These combined museums focus on the arts of Asia from the far east to the near east. The Freer has historically concentrated on the arts of Japan and China with strength in the ceramic tradtions of those countries and Korea. There is also a significant collection of Whistler paintings, watercolors, and drawings as the artist was a friend of the founder. The Freer Galleries are in a beautiful building surrounding an inner courtyard; the gift shop is charming. The Sackler, built toward the end of the 20th century, is entirely undeground, connecting to the Freer by an underground corridor. The Sackler, bult around it's founder's collection, focuses on the arts of South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The emphasis is on art prior to WWII. Many changing exhibitions bring great works of art from museums and galleries around the world. Stopping at the gift shop is a must. Elevators make this museum combination accessible to all.

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Sackler Gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We saw a yoga exhibit- packed and really interesting - gem of a gallery- and free lockers to store your coats and suitcases- a real plus

Visited January 2014
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“The Peacock Room is a Must”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

After seeing the Peacock Room on a DVD that took a look a the life of artist John Whistler, I found out that the Peacock Room, which he helped design for a wealthy London ship owner, was now enshrined in the Freer Gallery, I made a special effort to see it on a recent visit to Washington, DC. The room had been moved three times from its original house in London to a London gallery then shipped to Freer's mansion in Detroit and finally to Washington to the Freer Gallery. The room is very beautiful and gets its name from Whistler's painting of two fighting peacocks that has a prominent display in the room. In the walls a special framework was designed to exhibit Freer's wonderful collection of Asian porcelain. As they were included in Freer's Detroit mansion, the room holds a special exhibit of old Biblical texts, which will not be up for very much longer. The rest of the Freer has an extensive collection of works from Asian countries. The museum also has a wonderful courtyard with benches and a great display of plants, shrubs and trees.

Visited January 2014
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“interesting special exhibit on yoga”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

this is a smaller museum that is underground for the most part. it features asian art and has special exhibits that revolve so that it keeps fresh. the museum is quiet and little traveled, and is a great place on a rainy day where you want to go through things at a deliberate place. note that it is smaller than a number of the other smithsonian museums, and will take only about half a day to go through.

Visited January 2014
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