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Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: Tours & Tickets

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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Free Gallery was excellent but the highlight was the Whistler watercolour exhibition. The circular, or rectangular, walk surrounds a courtyard where one can sit and meditate.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MacLachlan
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful museum ... we really enjoyed the Buddha exhibit and seeing the transformation through different countries and cultures. Always love when I can experience beautiful art and learn.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank SmilynStef
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was more than 5 years ago when I last visited these 2 Galleries so I decided to visit them again. It is a very short walk from the Metro Station called, SMITHSONIAN STATION ( Orange, Blue and Silver Lines). The FREER GALLERY OF ART...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LolaGo1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right next to the Castle, quiet and welcoming. Uncrowded with really nice exhibits. We wished we had taken advantage of a film offering, the line was quite long.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Flying_Texan
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had told the door guard as we walked in, I am somewhat disappointed with want I have seen with art galleries today. He said, "you won't be here, go to room 10-14." Oh my goodness, to my surprise...The talent of years past. How did...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank frankie b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, the Freer is next door (and connected with a lower level passageway...) to the Sackler Gallery of Art...which also routinely has wonderful and interesting exhibits. Yesterday, in fact, we initially visited the Sackler to see the Photography exhibit by 7 Iranian women...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Leonard K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You’d be forgiven for not guessing that there are two separate galleries here, but the maps given out will let you know which one you are in. We came because the New York Review of Books had a recent article about an enormous portrait of...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the holdings of these two galleries would arguably be better off displayed as one, fully integrated, collection they nonetheless represent one of the best collections of Asian art that I have ever seen. I am particularly interested in Iran and was stunned at the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Terry B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw the Buddhist special exhibit. It was very good, with a whole Tibetan buddhist room set up with sound effects of monks chanting. Very eerie but sounded so authentic. Wandered around and saw the Peacock room with beautiful blue and white pottery and the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank 3carol8888
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is one of the most serenely beautiful museums that I've visited. I talk with many people who have visited the mall many times and have never bothered to visit the Freer-Sackler. Why? Not to short change the rest of the collection, but the Japanese...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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lauriek412
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.
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ormaeche2013
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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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CChlu
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
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