Freer and Sackler Galleries

Washington, D.C., United States

The Freer and Sackler galleries house the largest Asian art research library in the country and contain art from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic world, the ancient Near East, and ancient Egypt, as well as a significant collection of American art.

The gallery is located on the south side of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., adjacent to the physically connected Sackler Gallery. The galleries are among the most visited art museums in the world.

The Freer houses over 26,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of history from the Neolithic to modern eras. The collections include ancient Egyptian stone sculpture and wooden objects, ancient Near Eastern ceramics and metalware, Chinese paintings and ceramics, Korean pottery and porcelain, Japanese folding screens, Persian manuscripts, and Buddhist sculpture. In addition to Asian art, the Freer also contains the famous Peacock Room by American artist James McNeill Whistler which serves as the centerpiece to the Freer's American art collection.



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Founded: 1923
Category: Museums in United States


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Vincent Romano (2 years ago)
Actually, this gallery is the Freer / Sackler gallery. Freer was a Detroit industrialist who left his huge collection to the Smithsonian (the Detroit Institute of Arts wasn't yet in existence). The Freer collection became the Smithsonian's first fine arts gallery. Sackler came along about 60 years later and his gift was added to the Freer. We now have a National Gallery of Art separate from the Freer / Sackler. I'd say see them both - but, at the Freer you'll see the Peacock Room which was created by James Whistler (a good friend of Freer). The Peacock Room was in Freer's Detroit home and it went to the Smithsonian with the rest of Freer's collection. It's spectacular. You'll love it.
Brad Yoder (2 years ago)
The Sackler was our favorite museum on the Mall. We probably spent a whole day roaming the galleries and soaking in the Asian historical and cultural information. We especially liked the Tibetan temple exhibit, and the chanting soundtrack that was playing there. Knowledgeable docents gave great tours. As the Gallery is mostly below ground, we were happy to find it. You get to the entrance at the garden entrance to the Smithsonian Castle (at the back).
Keith Snyder (2 years ago)
I love visiting this gallery not only for the exhibits, which are always interesting, but the architecture of the place itself is so eye-catching and photogenic. I'd love to be able to bring a tripod to get shots of the inside to stitch into a really good panoramic but tripods are not allowed. Maybe I'll write before my next trip to see if I can get a special dispensation of grace. It's also conveniently connected to the African art museum next door.
Elizabeth Dickens (2 years ago)
This gallery is attached to the Freer Gallery. Absolutely beautiful art and a lot of information to go with the pieces. They have interactive learning things on tablets too. There was also a room where you could watch what they had playing (when I visited it was a video of Buddists worshipping in different ways, which went with what was on the tablet right outside the viewing area). I feel like there are more expansive galleries, but honestly I could have spent most of the day here reading everything and using the tablets if I didn't have to go.
Vicky Marinova (2 years ago)
I really enjoyed this gallary/ museum. The displays were breathtaking. It is a nice place, very clean and spacious. There are many rooms with displays so if you're someone who really does enjoy exploring artwork and learning about different cultures you may need a few hours to get through all the displays and ti truly absorb what is there. I cannot wait to go back again. The staff was also very friendly and helpful.
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