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As the premier museums for Asian art in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery house significant collections of art from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic world, the ancient Near East, and ancient Egypt. The two galleries are physically connected and located on the south side of the National Mall. The Freer Gallery, opened in 1923, also showcases a large collection of American art, including James McNeill Whistler's controversial Peacock Room. The buildings differ greatly in architecture, with the Freer building following a Classical style, while much of the Sackler Gallery--opened in 1987--is located underground. The latter's most well-known art includes works in ancient Chinese jades and bronzes. Add Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and other attractions to your Washington DC trip itinerary using our Washington DC trip website.
Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery reviews
The Freer Gallery houses one of the premier collections of Asian art with magnificent statues of Buddhas and objects. It has glorious colourful gardens and located on the National Mall. more »
Hokusai is best known for his woodblock print "The Wave" but Freer, whose personal collection established the Freer Gallery disdained woodblock prints and focused on paintings, screens and scrolls... more »
A charming and inspiring museum of Asian art. The permanent exhibits tend to be small, but we'll chosen, with a few representative pieces from different traditions rather than an extensive collection. The exhibit "Encountering the Buddha" did a good job of showing off and explaining different aspects and interpretations of a vast religious tradition. The monkeys reaching for the moon sculpture cuts across all floors of the museum in a creative and pleasing way. The museum, as a Smithsonian, is free, and well worth a few hours of your time. It is connected via underground passage to the Sackler gallery and the museum of African Art.
The Sackler gallery is a wonderful space, remarkably quiet given its location on the Mall. The selection of art, sculptures, and installations is fascinating. The pieces are nicely curated with background information adjacent to each item. The Buddhist exhibits are well worth a visit on their own. In general I would say bring a packed lunch and drinks with you. This part of DC is entirely devoid of good quality reasonably priced food and drink.
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