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Freer & Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian Institution)

Freer & Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian Institution)

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The Freer and Sackler Galleries, connected underground, are the Smithsonian Institution’s two museums of Asian art.  They feature an extensive and exquisite collection of bronzes, jades, sculptures, ceramics, and glass from Japan, China, India, Iran, Syria, and other places in Asia and Asia Minor. Early Christian art and the largest collection of James Whistler paintings also make up an important part of the collection (Whistler was a friend of, and advisor to, Charles Lang Freer.)

    Freer & Sackler Galleries Information

  • Venues: Sackler, 1050 Independence Avenue SW; Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. (The two museums are connected by an underground exhibition space.)
  • Public Transportation: Very good (convenient to Metrorail and D.C. Circulator bus)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good (accessible entrance to the Freer Gallery is located on Independence Avenue at 12th Street, SW.)
  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Tours: Free. A variety of complimentary walk-in tours are offered in both galleries on most days. In addition, Highlights tours of the Freer Gallery of Art are offered at 12:15 p.m. on weekdays (except Wednesdays and federal holidays) and at 1:15 p.m. on weekends, unless other programs are taking place. Free guided group tours are available with four weeks’ advance registration, subject to availability, from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays and federal holidays
  • Audio Tours: $5
  • Membership: Unlike many museums, the lowest level for membership at the Freer & Sackler Galleries is quite high: Patrons’ Circle $1,200–$2,999. This entitles members to three exhibition opening receptions, in-depth tours of special exhibitions led by curators, and other discounts and amenities.