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“Amazing museums that are rarely visited”

Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Ranked #44 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
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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 May 21, 2009

These two museums are often ignored despite being on the Mall downtown. This is probably because other more famous museums gets all the attention. However, these two gems are great because they are less crowded and have some of the nicest gift shops you can find anywhere. Must-see sights are, of the course, the Asian art as well as the "Peacock Room" by Whistler.

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Reviewed December 28, 2007

I was thrilled with the collection of arts from China, India, Japan, ancient Egypt, Africa, and so much more. You almost feel as if you are walking through time with such a varied collection from all over the world. Great for history and art lovers, you'll want to live here and never come out!

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Reviewed February 19, 2005

A trip to the Sackler and Freer museums was an excellent day trip while staying in Baltimore. The museums' focus is on Asian Art, and if you wander through the buildings (they are linked through their underground levels) you can go from Asian art directly into the African art museum. We stopped for lunch in DC Chinatown for dim sum, but the real highlight of the day was getting to check out the museum.

It's worth checking out the museum's site for information about special events going on at the museum. Of late they've had tea ceremony information in the morning, and there are some children's programs on weekends.

The porcelain was great to see, and the bronze collection from China was really impressive. Early 2005 there's a neat informational exhibit on trade and art education going back and forth between China and Iraq, the exports of porcelains and aesthetics in the Middle East had an influence on the development of Chinese porcelain and vice versa.

The gift shop alone is worth spending a little time in because they have a lot of really neat things on clearance if you take the time to snoop around.

My only word of advice is keep an eye on the time. The museum closes at 5:30, and it seems that security doesn't really keep an eye out for that (though they'll check your bag when you come in for suspicious objects). We ended up locked in and had a hard time tracking someone down to let us out. Should you get stuck, head for the office section on the second floor down.

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