Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Freer|Sackler)

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1050 Independence Ave SW

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Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

The Freer|Sackler combine to display the majority of the Smithsonian museums’ Asian art. The Freer Gallery of Art opened to the public in 1923 with donations from Charles Lang Freer. The gallery currently showcases American paintings from the aesthetic movement, plus art from China, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery opened in 1987 in the adjacent building, and it displays Chinese jades and bronzes, as well as international loan exhibitions from Japan and South Korea.

Past visitors particularly appreciated the Freer|Sackler’s Peacock Room, which Charles Freer shipped from London to Detroit, and the Smithsonian subsequently moved to Washington after Freer’s death. The Sackler Gallery’s underground exhibits also serve as a boon for sweltering tourists during the District’s hot summer months, which delighted recent travelers.

Like all Smithsonian museums, the Freer|Sackler does not charge any admission fees. The two adjacent buildings sit on the National Mall, near the Smithsonian Metro station at the intersection of Independence Avenue Southwest and 12th Street Southwest. Both buildings are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information about the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is available on their shared website.

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