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Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery...

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.

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Smaller museums along the National Mall

You can get to these museums from the back of the Smithsonian Castle through the garden. My son and I particularly enjoyed the temporary exhibit Turquoise Mountain: Artists... read more

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You can get to these museums from the back of the Smithsonian Castle through the garden. My son and I particularly enjoyed the temporary exhibit Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan with all the artwork produced in that country. The museums are so quiet compared to the other more popular museums so it was a nice change.

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I could lose days in here! Thoroughly enjoyed my visit, some fascinating exhibitions. Plan in advance and go early to avoid the crowds.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very nice exhibit. 3 very large mural paintings. Very, very nice. Lots of smaller works by other artists. The museum of course is beautiful architecture. The permanent exhibit is always superb!!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hadn't been to the Freer and Slacker Galleries for some time but an invite to its latest offering pushed me there. The small but eye popping Utamaro exhibit open thru July 9 is exquisite. The three pieces have not been exhibited together in more than a century. The exhibit besides being beautiful gives a great primer on who Utamaro was... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

incredible museum, wouldn't have missed it for the world very interesting could have spent 2 days there but alas not enough time - a must do

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoy Asian art and culture. This gallery exhibits both. You enter through the gardens and then get to explore three floors of exhibits. It isn't a huge museum. One to one and a half hours would probably allow most visitors a chance to view everything, You may need longer if you really enjoy studying the works. Definitely worth a... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's been awhile since we visited the Freer but its still an appealing place. The Whistler exhibit is thoughtfully done with modern touches. Loved the Afghanistan exhibit and chance to touch the wooden carvings and more.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It all feels a bit 80s ish but it's very interesting and worth a look. Like all the Smithsonian buildings there is always something to interest you.

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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Asian arts mostly pottery, statues and antiquities. Love the Turquoise Mountain exhibit which allows you to touch which is nice for little kids. Love the pottery display.

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

This gallery is mostly asian, and some middle-eastern. Various buddist and hindu statues, some plates and bowls arranged uniquely. There is a lower level with an area for demostrations and music. Also a gift shop. On the lowest level there are halls leading to other smithsonian museums and an area for children to do arts and crafts on special days.

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