Reviews & Press

“It’s a glorious show, utterly, and like nothing I’ve ever seen…” –Holland Cotter, NYT

“…some of the most beautiful and significant calligraphy and book illustration ever produced.” –Apollo

“The dazzling array of calligraphic variety across these manuscripts is astounding.” –The Economist

“…some of the finest existing examples from diverse historical eras and cultures,…” –The Guardian

“A magic visual experience” –Times of Israel

“The Quran copies are like little peepholes, allowing us to peer back into the lives of people we never knew.” –Morning Edition, NPR

“…the loan of these items from Turkey is in the finest tradition of illuminated Qur'ans.” –Smithsonian Magazine

Number three exhibition to see in 2016 –Best Art of the Year, Holland Cotter, NYT

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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.