About Our Work


Mission Statement

As Smithsonian museums, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery hold in trust the nation’s extraordinary collections of Asian art and of American art of the late nineteenth-century aesthetic movement.

Our mission is to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia and the cultures that produced them. We use works of art to inspire study and provoke thought.

Annual Record

2012 Annual Record (PDF, 147 kb)
2011 Annual Record (PDF, 459 kb)
2010 Annual Record (PDF, 391 kb)
2009 Annual Record (PDF, 959 kb)


Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation. Learn more »