The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world. In addition, the Freer Gallery boasts exemplary examples of late nineteenth-century works by James McNeill Whistler and his American contemporaries. The Sackler Gallery is host to contemporary art from Asia as well as international loan exhibitions. Together, both Galleries form the national museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian and are dedicated to the acquisition, care, study, and exhibition of works in their collections.If you are visiting our galleries to see a specific work of art, please be aware that it may not always be on view. Specific arrangements may be necessary. Please review Researcher Access to the Collection for more information, and note that our entire collection is available digitally on Open F|S.
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Ceramics in Mainland Southeast AsiaLaunched in December 2008, the online collections catalogue Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia: Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery provides specialists in ceramics, archaeology, anthropology, and other fields with easy access to the Hauge Collection of Southeast Asian Ceramics, which is unparalleled for its size and diversity. The innovative feature Field Notes allows scholars and others to post questions and comments, creating a worldwide community of scholarship on Southeast Asian ceramics.
Freer Gallery Purchases Renowned Tea JarA humble jar widely revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture has been acquired by the Freer Gallery. The jar, made in China during the late Southern Song or Yuan dynasty (13th or 14th century) and shipped to Japan as a container for a commercial product, developed a distinguished pedigree in the hands of influential tea connoisseurs, collectors and rulers who used it for storing precious tea and displayed it in their tearooms between the 15th and 20th centuries. More information »
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The Freer Study CollectionEstablished in 1923, the Freer Study Collection is available to visiting scholars and students.
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Researcher Access to the CollectionsObjects housed in the storage areas of the Freer and Sackler galleries are available to the public for serious study during normal working hours by appointment. Learn More »