This is one of my favourite art galleries anywhere. I visited it when I was last in DC more than 20 years ago and it stayed with me. The gallery houses Charles Freer's art collection (an eclectic mix of Japanese screens, Buddhist art and sculpture from East Asia and a mix of sculpture, prints, glasswork, enamel ware and jewellery from South and West Asia), although there have been donations by others as well as recent acquisitions.
The Japanese screens are stunning and the gallery rotates the display every 6 - 8 months, so you are likely to see new pieces every year.
Freer was a fan of Whistler and there is a fine collection of the artist's paintings in the gallery, as well as the stunning Peacock Room (entirely designed and personally painted by J. M. Whistler), which is a must see.
The gallery has a large courtyard in the middle, which provides a serene space in the middle of the bustle of the Mall - somewhere to rest and read or soak up the sun. The docents (if you decide to take a guided tour) are friendly and full of interesting information and details about Freer, his times and the collection itself.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.