LivingTravelFreer and Sackler art galleries in Washington DC

Freer and Sackler art galleries in Washington DC

The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and neighboring Arthur M. Sackler Gallery together form the national museum of Asian art for the United States. The museums are located on the National Mall in Washington DC.

The collection in the Freer gallery

The Freer Gallery features a world-renowned collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East that was donated to the Smithsonian by Charles Lag Freer, a wealthy 19th century industrialist. Paintings, ceramics, manuscripts, and sculptures are among the museum’s favorites. In addition to Asian art, the Freer Gallery houses a collection of American art from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the largest number of works in the world by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).

The collection at the Arthur M. Sackler gallery

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery features a unique collection that includes bronzes, jades, Chinese paintings and lacquers, Middle Eastern pottery and metal, and Asian sculptures. The gallery opened in 1987 to house more than 1,000 objects of Asian art donated by Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), a New York City medical researcher and medical editor. Sackler also gave $ 4 million for the construction of the gallery. Since 1987, the gallery’s collections have expanded to include 19th and 20th century Japanese prints and contemporary porcelain; Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and South Asian painting; and sculpture and ceramics from Japan and South and Southeast Asia.

Public programs

Both the Freer Gallery and the Sackler Gallery feature a full calendar of public events, including films, lectures, symposia, concerts, book readings, and debates. Public tours are offered every day except Wednesdays and holidays. There are special programs for children and families, and workshops to help teachers incorporate Asian art and culture into their curriculum.


The two museums are next to each other on the National Mall, next to the Smithsonian subway station and the Smithsonian Institution Castle. . Freer Gallery’s address is Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW Washington DC. The Sackler Gallery address is 1050 Independence Avenue SW
Washington DC. The closest subway station is Smithsonian. See a map of the National Mall

Hours: Open every day except December 25. The hours are from 10 am to 5:30 pm

Gallery Gift Shops

The Freer Gallery and the Sackler Gallery each have their own gift shop offering a selection of Asian jewelry; ancient and contemporary ceramics and textiles; cards, posters and reproductions; recordings and a wide selection of books for children and adults on the art, culture, history and geography of Asia and other areas related to the museum’s collection.

The Freer and Sackler Library

The Freer and Sackler Galleries house the largest Asian art research library in the United States. The library’s collection consists of more than 80,000 volumes, including nearly 2,000 rare books. It is open to the public five days a week (except federal holidays).

Website :

Nearby attractions

  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Washington Monument
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Engraving and Printing Office

Woman gets contractions on the plane: Dermatologist jumps in as an obstetrician

A woman suddenly goes into labor on a flight from Ghana to the United States. In the middle of the Atlantic, a dermatologist jumps in as an obstetrician and improvises.

Donald Trump's first wish for corona disease: McDonald's

Donald Trump is said to have kept a corona infection a secret before the TV duel with Joe Biden. What is known, however, is the former president's menu after his illness.

Breathtaking natural spectacle: that was the polar lights over Germany

A week ago it was also possible to see northern lights in Germany. This is how the spectacular natural spectacle happened.

How Donald Trump's company earned in the January 6 protests

The Trump Organization is accused of having made big money on January 6th - because the prices in the capital city hotel Trump International went through the roof.

Northern lights over Germany: a breathtaking natural spectacle

On Sunday it was also possible to see the northern lights in Germany. This is how the spectacular natural spectacle happened.