Freer Gallery of Art

The Freer Gallery of Art is an art museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. focusing on Asian art. The Freer and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery together form the National Museum of Asian Art in the United States.[2] The Freer and Sackler galleries house the largest Asian art research library in the country and contain art from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic world, the ancient Near East, and ancient Egypt, as well as a significant collection of American art.

Freer Gallery of Art
Established1923
Location1050 Independence Avenue
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38.888135°N 77.02739°W / 38.888135; -77.02739
DirectorChase F. Robinson
Public transit access Smithsonian
Websitewww.asia.si.edu
Freer Gallery Of Art
Front entrance to the Freer Gallery of Art
Built1923
ArchitectPlatt, Charles A.
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Florentine Renaissance
NRHP reference No.69000295[1]
Added to NRHPJune 23, 1969

The gallery is located on the south side of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., contiguous with the Sackler Gallery. The museum is open 364 days a year (being closed on Christmas), and is administered by a single staff with the Sackler Gallery. The galleries were among the most visited art museums in the world.

The Freer houses over 26,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of history from the Neolithic to modern eras. The collections include ancient Egyptian stone sculpture and wooden objects, ancient Near Eastern ceramics and metalware, Chinese paintings and ceramics, Korean pottery and porcelain, Japanese folding screens, Persian manuscripts, and Buddhist sculpture. In addition to Asian art, the Freer also contains the famous Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (better known as The Peacock Room) by American artist James McNeill Whistler which serves as the centerpiece to the Freer's American art collection.

The museum offers free tours to the public and presents a full schedule events for the public including films, lectures, symposia, concerts, performances, and discussions. Over 11,000 objects from the Freer|Sackler collections are fully searchable and available online.[3] The Freer was also featured in the Google Art Project, which offers online viewers close-up views of selected items from the Freer.[4]


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