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Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration

Sunday, March 5, 11 am–5 pm
Sackler and Ripley Center

Ring in the Persian New Year at our ninth annual Nowruz celebration! With free attractions for all ages, this year’s festival is held in the Sackler and adjacent Ripley Center as the Freer undergoes renovation. Activities include:

Schedule (pdf)

Parking is limited around the National Mall. We recommend you take Metro to L'Enfant station since track work is planned for this weekend. For shuttle bus information and more details, please refer to this WMATA travel advisory.

Made possible by the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Persian Cultural Celebrations Fund.



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.