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The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


In 1987, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery opened on the national mall to become the second museum of Asian art at the Smithsonian Institution. The museum was built with funds provided by Dr. Sackler to house his collection of Asian art that included incomparable examples of Chinese archaic jades and ancient bronzes, among other important works of art.

In addition to Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, the principal benefactor of the museum that bears his name, the governments of Japan and South Korea also contributed to the construction of the building to promote their countries artistic and historical achievements. Architect Jean-Paul Carlhian designed the building (and the National Museum of African Art) on three underground levels, with a dramatic pavilion entryway through the Haupt Gardens.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery can accommodate international loan exhibitions such as the recent Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000, and Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

History and building
Arthur M. Sackler, Collector

Freer Gallery of Art

History and building
Charles Lang Freer


As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.