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“Great Asian art shown in hushed, dignified context”

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 22, 2012

With its underground location well away from any daylight, one can escape the crowds and usually admire the Asian displays in hushed silence, and even get absorbed by them. I did just that with the colorful, 19th century paintings of depictions of Bhudda and his disciples, by Japan's Kano Kazunobu. This coincides with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and blooms around the Tidal Basin. The Sackler is a low-volume museum focusing on different types of Asian art, beautifully displayed. A great place to let yourself meditate and contemplate.

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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Great exhibits in both, and it's interesting to go down into the bowels of the earth to see the Sackler. Check out the very deep stairway in the Sackler ending in a pool and fountain...

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Reviewed March 8, 2012

This museum is a peaceful sanctuary on the National Mall. Cool, quiet and relaxed, it offers a wonderful break from the craziness and crowds on the Mall. The art in this beautiful museum is well worth a visit. Especially the Peacock Room! It is so amazing!! AND it's freeeee!! Check it out!!

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Reviewed March 5, 2012

THis is the place to go in DC. One of the best gift shops too. But the exhibits are always first-rate, informative, and they change pretty often.

Thank Yvonne C
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

The Freer and Sackler are the place for Asian Art. It's a nice museum but wouldn't be a priority for me in a visit of DC if I had limited time unless you're really interested in Asian Art. There are so many wonderful attractions in the city that it's necessary to prioritize.

Thank KNDC3
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