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“A hidden gem of the Smithsonians”

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 2, 2013

Obviously this dual museum isn't as well known as some of the other Smithsonian museums, but it's definitely worth your time! It focuses on Asian/Middle Eastern cultures. I went for the Roads of Arabia exhibit, which was hands down the best museum exhibit I saw all week in DC. There were also great exhibits on Chinese and Japanese art, as well as the Peacock Room designed by James Whistler, moved there and reconstructed piece by piece. I really loved this place. It's right next to the Smithsonian Castle, but not quite as crowded as its neighbors which made for a really lovely visit.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a very interesting small museum that is worth visiting. One of the Arabian special exhibit was amazing and certainly worth seeing.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Anyone interested in history will enjoy these two museums side by side on the Mall. We recently saw the Roads to Arabia exhibit which was fascinating and well laid out. The museum goes underground. The gift shop holds unique books and gifts also worth a visit.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We went for the Roads to Arabia exhibit. Don't miss this one! It is truly amazing. I only wish they had exhibit related items in the gift shop. And I want a minature monkey sculpture.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We never miss an opportunity to come here when we're in DC. The special exhibit this time was Arabia, and we viewed 8,000 year old artifacts.

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