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Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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Owner description: The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Together known as the Freer|Sackler, the museums are physically connected by an underground passageway and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and sheer love of Asian art. 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.
Reviewed March 18, 2011

Very interesting building and exhibit when I was there - Asian Art and celebrating the Persian New Year - Nowruz. The had an author signing books and food and gifts.

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Reviewed April 3, 2010

These two galleries together have a wonderfully diverse collection that goes from the US to span a broad sampling of Asia and Egypt. If you associate Freer with Whistler only, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. Another pleasure is the way the facilities allow the collection to unfold. From the Mall at the fringe of the Smithsonian you can most easily enter the Freer, where you are in a building that has a palazzo feel that includes the better-known elements of the Freer collection, including Whistler's Peacock room. But then, beginning down in the next level underground the place turns intricate and interesting as you descend through successive levels underground through a series of galleries that actually move out from under the Freer main building then under the Stackler, ending up underneath the National Museum of African Art. The crowds are nowhere near as thick as the crush at some of the better-known museums.

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Reviewed January 20, 2010

Together comprising the Smithsonian Institute's focus on Asian Art, the Freer and Sackler Galleries represent what is easily the best of all the museums in the collection. Given a geographical focus that covers the Middle East, South Asia, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, the Sackler never disappoints. Additionally, the staff have been extensively careful to highlight both modern works and antiquities in their exhibits. The permanent gallery at the Sackler holds beautiful statues and figurines from locations as disparate Turkey, Iran, india, Thailand, China, and Japan. Some of the most interesting and topical traveling exhibits are hosted here too.

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Reviewed June 24, 2009

My own little private museum away from the crowds. Right next to the Smithsonian and no one goes here. What a marvelous collection of world pieces and paintings. A private collection rarely seen, but one of the best in MHO.

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Reviewed May 21, 2009

These two museums are often ignored despite being on the Mall downtown. This is probably because other more famous museums gets all the attention. However, these two gems are great because they are less crowded and have some of the nicest gift shops you can find anywhere. Must-see sights are, of the course, the Asian art as well as the "Peacock Room" by Whistler.

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