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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.
Pearl City, Hawaii
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“Alittle out of the way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

The entrance is very nondescript but worth it. Seeing all the asian pieces and the setting itself is worth even a quick look around

Visited November 2012
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Dakota Dunes, SD
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“Asian Art Abounds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Freer and Sackler Galleries was an amazing experience. From the re-created neo-classical Peacock Room to the extensive collection of Asian art, we were truly impressed by the vastness of these collections. This was the first of the galleries we visited in DC, and I would not trade that experience for the world. Watching my son, born in Korea, view artifacts from his homeland was an awe inspiring experience in and of itself. I would highly recommend this for any parent who believes that providing art education to their children is a priority.

Visited June 2013
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Radford, Virginia
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“The Peacock Room is worth a visit even if you have time to do one thing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

The Peacock room is the main attraction of the Freer Museum. It has been shipped and reassembled a couple of times. The features are simply gorgeous. The metro is across the street so easy to get there. The rest of the museum has several other artifacts etc which are very interesting. However the beauty of the Peacock Room is the main attraction. You are allowed to take photos but no flash. Enjoy.

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Cool and Quiet Refuge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

This Smithsonian collection is unique in that it emphasizes artwork from the Oriental world. Ancient pieces from the Mideast to China are encased in cool shaded aisles, a pleasant relief from some of the maddening crowds. Porcelain and brass and inlay. Great gift shop. Lovely courtyard in between Sackler and African Museum.

Visited August 2013
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San Jose, California
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“A quiet respite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

For some nice peace and quiet away from the crowds at the very popular Smithsonian Museums, take a time out at the Freer and adjacent Sackler Galleries.
The collection in the Freer is quite comprehensive and includes the reconstructed Peacock Room.
The Peacock Room was designed by Whistler and is stunning. The Freer collection also holds a nice collection of Whistler's art, which compliments the Asian Aesthetic of the other pieces that Freer collected. Overall, it is a very comprehensive collection of Asian decorative arts.

Visited September 2013
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