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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.
Toronto, Canada
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“Freer Gallery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

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.

Visited March 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Superlative!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Went for a special exhibit on yogic art, but ended up spending more time in the other exhibits! Great sketching opportunities both inside the museum and in the courtyard garden as well. A must see on the DC museum circuit.

Visited January 2014
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Glenview, Illinois
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“Hidden gem + a bonus: free storage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

A quite nice collection of Asian art, laid out in a pleasing fashion. We are not experts in Asian art, but could appreciate the quality. The best way to see the Freer is with a volunteer guide. It really helps. (Our lady was Anne; very good). Suggest call ahead and see when the volunteer tours are leaving. It is a smaller location, but very well located on the mall and worth at least a quick look, even if Asian art is not your thing. Be sure and see the Peacock Room, created by James McNeill Whistler (his mother is not there). There is an underground passage that connects the Freer to the Sackler Museum.

The bonus is if you are carrying around a suitcase or a bunch of stuff and want to store it for the day. On the left is an anteroom that has rows of self locking free storage that can contain a suitcase. And its free.

Visited March 2014
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Philadelphia, Pa, United States
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“Do you like Asian Art?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

These two museums are located directly across from the African Museum of Art. They are attached via an underground walkway. The Peacock room is located in the Freer. Vases, sculpture, paintings. If you like Asian Art then this is the place for you.

Visited February 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Great Collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

I visited Ara Guler's Anatolia exhibition and other permanent collections as well two days ago. This is a small but well-organized museum with great collections and it is free. I love Smithsonian Museums. Thanks to James Smithson...

Visited February 2014
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