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)


We are excited to reopen the Freer on October 7, 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors.
The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.