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Access to Collections Not on View

The storage areas of both the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will be closed during 2015 and 2016. Learn more.

Freer and Sackler storage will reopen on November 1, 2017 by appointment only.

One of museum founder Charles Lang Freer's primary goals for his collection was to provide an opportunity for uninterrupted study of the objects and to encourage study of the Far East. Since 1923, when the Freer Gallery of Art opened to the public, successive directors have carried out Freer's wishes, expanding them to include the collections of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery after it opened in 1987.

In meeting this important goal, the objects housed in the museums' storage areas are available to the public for serious study Monday through Friday, 10 am-4:00 pm, by appointment with the Collection Management Department. Every effort is made to accommodate any person making a formal request to see or study specific objects in the collection.

In considering requests for access, the Galleries must balance competing considerations such as the need to safeguard the collection and other demands on the staff. While we aim to fulfill all reasonable requests, preference is given to scholars, students, artists, and staff of other museums. Projects for study must be specific, and visitors must limit themselves to the material requested. Casual browsing and impromptu requests cannot be accommodated. All visitors to collection storage areas will be accompanied at all times by a Collection Department staff member. Researchers must be at least 18 years old. Visits or tours for children ages 12-17 are required to have an adult chaperone, and children under the age of 12 are usually not allowed access.

For appointments in the storage areas of the Freer Gallery of Art, please contact:
Christina Popenfus at (202) 633-0349 or Tim Kirk at (202) 633-0344.

For appointments in the storage areas of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, please contact:
Brian Abrams (202) 633-0405.

Freer Gallery Closure

From January 2015 through 2016, the collections storage areas of the Freer Gallery of Art will be unavailable for research or visits due to the replacement of the building’s heating, humidification, and ventilation systems. Throughout 2016 the Freer’s galleries and Meyer Auditorium will be closed to visitors. Concerts, films, and other public programs will be held at sites around the Smithsonian.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open during this period.

Freer and Sackler storage will reopen on November 1, 2017 by appointment only.

Contact with inquiries

Collections access: duleyel@si.edu

Public programs: publicaffairsasia@si.edu

Scholarly research: micklewrightn@si.edu

Media inquiries: pressasia@si.edu

Shimonoyo no kane juji no tsujiura, shoen, from the Study Collection, V20.2006.649

The Freer Study Collection

Established in 1923, the Freer Study Collection is available to visiting scholars and students. Learn More »

Freer Gallery Closure

Please note: The collections storage areas of the Freer Gallery of Art will be closed in 2015 and 2016. The museum itself will be closed to the public in 2016. Learn more.

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.