Smithsonian Freer|Sackler


Where Asia Meets America

Welcome to Freer|Sackler, the two Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art located at D.C's National Mall.

Both the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery work to promote understanding and appreciation across cultures, and they do so by featuring Asian art complemented by works of the American Aesthetic Movement. Your group will be able to explore the art of lands 'from the western shores of Turkey to the islands of Japan' during your visit!

Freer Gallery of Art was first opened in 1923 as the first art museum on the Smithsonian campus. This gallery is where you will see works from the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century, as well as various works from China, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, and Islam. One of the most popular areas within Freer is the Peacock Room, an old dining room from the home of a British shipping magnate in London. It was moved from London to Detroit, and then to DC.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery was created in 1987 and was actually funded in part by governments of Japan and South Korea. This gallery houses special exhibits and contemporary works!

Take a look at the video below for a sample of what you will see and do if you set up a school tour, which has different options of curriculum standards for k-12.