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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.
Columbia, South Carolina
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“Great Asian art in D.C.”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Awesome museums for asian treasures. The museums are beutiful with great displays. Nice peaceful,quiet= not crowded like the other museums on the Mall. I've been to Asia several times and the collections here are great and stand up to any Asian museum. Go-enjoy yourself and experience the beauty and wonder of Asian art.

Visited June 2011
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Reston, VA
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“Go see the Peacock Room”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

The Freer Gallery is a mix of impressionist art, focussed on Whistler, and old eastern artwork. It is worth a visit, if only to see Whistler's magnificent Peacock room. it is u sully much quieter than the big Smithsonian museums across the mall, and can be a nice escape.

Visited January 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“100th anniversary of cherry blossoms and Japanese art”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

This year is the 100th anniversary of the gift from Japan of the beautiful cherry trees that are blooming. In conjunction with this there are great exhibits in both the Freer and Sackler galaries. At the Freer 36 views of Mt Fujii by Hokusai and screens and scrolls by Hokusai in the Sackler. There are also Buddhist scrolls, incredible Iranian vessels, etc. There were no crows, parking was available or take the Metro. Plus I understand they have the best bathrooms at the Smithsonian! There are tours by docents.

Visited March 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great Asian art shown in hushed, dignified context”
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.

Visited March 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Museums of great depth, literally!”
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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