The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and the 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, next to the Smithsonian Metro Stop and the Smithsonian Institution Castle. 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 favorites of the museum. In addition to Asian art, the Freer Gallery houses a collection of 19th- and early 20th-century American art, including the world's largest number of works by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).
The Freer Gallery presents a full schedule of public events, including films, lectures, symposia, concerts, book readings and discussions. Public tours are offered daily except Wednesdays and public holidays. There are special programs for children and families, and workshops to assist teachers incorporating Asian art and culture into their curriculum.
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW
The closest Metro Station is Smithsonian
See a map of the National Mall
Open daily except December 25.
Hours are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The Freer Gallery Shop
Located on the first level, the Freer Gallery gift shop, offers Asian jewelry; antique and contemporary ceramics and textiles; cards, posters and reproductions; recordings, and a wide selection of books for children and adults about the art, culture, history and geography of Asia and other areas related to the Freer collection.
The Freer and Sackler Library
The Freer and Sackler Galleries house the largest Asian art research library in the United States. The library collection consists of over 80,000 volumes, including nearly 2,000 rare books. It is open to the public five days a week (except federal holidays).