Plan your trip: The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovation, updates, and gallery reinstallation. Even though we are closed, our entire collection is available digitally on Open F|S. We continue to offer a full schedule of public programs at off-site locations. Check our events schedule for the latest information. Also, the popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan remains on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.)

We hope you will join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration IluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures on October 14 and 15, 2017. We will reopen with four new special exhibitions: Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient EgyptEncountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia; Resound: Bells of Ancient China; and Subodh Gupta: Terminal.

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.

new addition

Jades for Life and Death

Our online catalogue of ancient Chinese jades combines museum and archaeological research with archival records. The first volume features Neolithic pieces. Future volumes on jades from the Shang to Han dynasty are in the works.

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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).

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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
Contemporary 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

Search the Smithsonian collections.

The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovations, updates, and gallery reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Please join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration on October 14 and 15, 2017.