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

1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013
+1 202-633-1000
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

An extremely well laid out Museum with very unique and scarce exhibits from the Asian region highlighting various religious facets including Buddhism as peculiar to major countries of the region. An ideal place to feel relaxed in a cool environment with substantial education on regions...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I visit Washington DC at least once a month and the Sacker & Freeer Galleries are my favorites. Last week I found an exhibition on Buddah which was amazing. Overall the galleries have a small but extremely selective collection of very fine South Asian and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s in same stretch (I call it museum mile, as most of the famous museums, are in this stretch), capitol building to Washington monument. It is just next to Smithsonian Castle (Visitor center), 7’0 clock. I don’t know much about arts, but what I heard...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice museum, exhibits change. Quiet and cool during the summer. Great place to sit and rest a bit if you are overheated.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the Buddha exhibit at the gallery. The displays were quite solemn and gave out “power aura” to those attended.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has very good collections of various paintings and statues. It is close to other Smithsonian Institutions and can be accessed easily and well-worth a visit. The building itself is beautifully done.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the less-visited galleries, and undeservedly so in my view. The gallery has some amazing Chinese Buddhas from the Sung dynasty, ancient burial jades, paintings as well as carvings from the famous caves, Gandharan art and amazing Japanese protector deity statues and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much to see, nor show interest, if you are not Asian. Very static and cold. Kids would be bored to tears, so don't bother bringing them...Or teenagers.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These two galleries are perfect for the art lover who hates struggling with large crowds to see what's on display. The Freer and Sackler are seldom crowded and their exhibits are excellent. The Peacock Room (a permanent installation) is a must and I highly recommend...More

Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

When you've had enough American history and culture while visiting the surrounding museums and monuments, this relatively small museum lying among the Smithsonian castle gardens provides a welcome break. Asian art is varied and allows for peaceful reflection, so use it to break up your...More

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Laurie K
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Response from Paul E | Reviewed this property |
Please refer to the other reply. We take the Metro into DC or UBER around from our hotel.
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Response from groupwww | Reviewed this property |
You can walk through the museum in two hours but you’ll want to come back. If you can allot about 4 hours you’ll be glad you did (NOT including any stops at the gift shop).
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Response from vahanning | Reviewed this property |
You can walk in anytime . We were not on a tour but found the information desk very helpful
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