The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery together form the national museum of Asian art. Both museums are located on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Freer Gallery features a world-renowned collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the near. Paintings, ceramics, manuscripts and sculptures are among the favorites of the museum.
The exhibits are arranged by geographical region and time period, so you get a great survey of all these different ages and styles of art Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, etc.
The Freer Gallery 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 metal ware, Chinese paintings and ceramics, Korean pottery and porcelain, Japanese folding screens, Persian manuscripts, and Buddhist sculpture.
The true star of the gallery is the Peacock Room. In addition to Asian art it also has the world-famous Peacock Room by American artist James McNeill Whistler which serves as the centerpiece to the galley’s American art collection.
Throughout the year there are lot 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.
This is a wonderful collection of Asian Arts. The quality of the works is awesome. The exhibits are arranged by geographical region and time period, so you get a great survey of all these different ages and styles of art.
Just seeing the level of craftsmanship they had standardized 5000 years ago is remarkable. The information sheets for each piece are incredibly helpful because they give a lot of background info into the artwork. Freer Gallery is a great place to enjoy artwork without the regular tourism bustle that is Washington D.C.