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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.
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“Great lectures here”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

Smithsonian Resident Associates frequently find the lectures here. It is a smaller gallery but right on the Mall.

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San Francisco, California
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“small but great exhibits; less crowds- tranquil”
Reviewed December 11, 2011

this to me, is what a museum should be...low-key, less crowded so i can enjoy the exhibits. i always feel rejuvenated after visiting this gem

Visited June 2011
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“Nice Collections-Especially the Peacock Room!”
Reviewed July 10, 2011

I went to the Freer to see their Islamic Art. I was disappointed at the small collection. It was still very nice. The Whistler collection was good. The other oriental art collections were nice, also. The Freer has an impressive collection of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. The Peacock Room is a highlight!

Visited July 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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“A great place for grown ups”
Reviewed July 4, 2011

The Freer and Sackler Galleries (two separate but connected museums) focus on Asian art. Like much Asian art, the galleries are delightfully serene--a wonderful change from the bustle of most of the Smithsonian facilities.

The art is beautiful and the explanations of the art (such as in the context of the civilization from which the art came) makes for great learning experiences.

Visited July 2011
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“Perfect place to recharge during your trip...”
Reviewed May 14, 2011

I enjoyed browsing these two galleries for many different reasons. Mainly because it's one of the few places near the mall that is not clogged by tourists! You can cool off from the sun, take your time enjoying the collection and refresh yourself before heading back out.

The pieces in the gallery are spaced out nicely and there is more to see than I expected. I would be happy to get the chance to visit here again!

Visited May 2011
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