The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the neighboring Freer Gallery of Art together form the national museum of Asian art for the United States. As part of the Smithsonian Institution the gallery features a unique collection that includes Chinese bronzes, jades, paintings and lacquerware, ancient Near Eastern ceramics and metalware, and sculpture from Asia.
The gallery opened in 1987 to house more than 1,000 Asian art objects donated by Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), a research physician and medical publisher from New York City. Sackler also gave $4 million toward 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.
The Sackler Gallery provides 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 activities for children and families, and workshops to assist teachers incorporating Asian art and culture into their curriculum.
1050 Independence Avenue SW
The closest Metro Station is Smithsonian
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Open daily except December 25.
Hours are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The Sackler Gallery Shop
The gift shop, located on the first level, 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.
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).