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

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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...more
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1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We started our third visit to Washington, DC with the Freer Art Museum and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. I was in India three times, so to see their fabulous collection of Indian art and wonderful exhibit “Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia” was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Freer and Sackler Art galleries, a couple of minutes away from the Smithsonian Metro station, is a must visit museum for those interested in East and South Asian arts and cultures. The place is relatively uncrowded and thus you do not feel rushed. Currently,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Freer Gallery has more permanent exhibits and the Sackler Gallery has more temporary exhibits. Together they have a wonderful collection of the diverse arts of Asia.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Robert D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This places is awesome, and dosen't seem to be too busy -- which is a shame. There's some truly beautiful items here. Check it out!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ryan H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small gallery was well worth the visit, especially the Peacock Room and to see the other paintings on display.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Christine C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This Asian museum is absolutely gorgeous and worth spending time in. It is a combination of 2 facilities and one is located a couple of floors below. Make sure to see the Tibet buddha room.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chicago90Phoenix
Reviewed 4 November 2018

I was quite surprised at the exhibits featuring examples of zen influenced calligraphy, buddhist teachings, sculpture and art. We went room to room in the Sackler side going wow, wow, wow! Especially the Buddhist and Japanese sections. I thought it was very well done and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

I always love a good art museum, but this one is especially exceptional. It’s so quiet even when there’s people around it just projects this aura of thoughtfulness. Free to get in and plenty of gift shops that are exhibits specific. My favorite part was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Maakusu
Reviewed 24 October 2018

We only went to this art gallery to witness the Peacock room, and we were not disappointed, simply beautiful, you can spend ages just looking at the fine art and detail on show, well worth the visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TeamWard
Reviewed 19 October 2018

The Freer/Sackler has collections of alluring, predominantly Asian art. I went on a Monday morning in October. There were only a few people in the galleries, enhancing the tranquility of this beautiful museum. A must-visit, if you have any interest in Asian art.

Date of experience: October 2018
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11 July 2018|
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Response from Taowalker221b | Reviewed this property |
Please refer to the other reply. We take the Metro into DC or UBER around from our hotel.
22 June 2018|
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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).
2 March 2018|
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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