Detail, The Late Shah Jahan Album: Humayun Seated in a Landscape

Plan your trip: The Freer is closed for renovation, reopening in 2017. The Sackler is open and as dynamic as ever, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events in the museum and around town.


The Freer|Sackler is home to some of the world's most important holdings of Asian art. In the Freer, you'll also find late nineteenth-century works by James McNeill Whistler and his American contemporaries, while the Sackler hosts contemporary art from Asia as well as international loan exhibitions. Our entire collection is available digitally on Open F|S.

Looking to see a specific artwork? If it's not on view, you may need to make an appointment.


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The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book

The Gerhard Pulverer Collection includes rare and pristine examples of Japanese illustrated books from the Edo period and beyond.



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Meet Chigusa

This humble jar is revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture.



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What we're researching

Provenance Research

Every work of art has a fascinating story to tell about where it has been and who has owned it. Provenance research is essential if we are to understand the ownership history of an art object accurately. The Freer|Sackler actively researches provenance information for its collections and maintains a specific focus on works that might have changed ownership in Europe before and during World War II (1933 to 1945).

Search Open F|S

Peruse our fully digitized collection: more than 40,000 objects.

Our Collection Areas

American Art
Ancient Egyptian Art
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Arts of the Islamic World
Biblical Manuscripts
Chinese Art
Japanese Art
Korean Art
South Asian & Himalayan Art
Southeast Asian Art

Recent additions

Check out our newcomers.

Research our works

Make an appointment to study objects in our storage areas.

Fascinating fragments

The Freer Study Collection is available for scholars and students.

Millions of records

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The Freer is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.