Freer in Focus

Just before the Freer Gallery of Art closed for renovation in January 2016, our docents led more than fifty Freer in Focus talks.

Docents each selected a favorite work of art from the Freer collection and shared their personal interpretations of the works in brief public gallery talks.

Japanese Guardian Figure, Kamakura period, 1185-1333, Japan, Freer Gallery of Art, F1949.20.

Beaker, Saljuq period, late 12th century, Iran, Freer Gallery of Art, F1928.2.

Canteen, Ayyubid period, mid-13th century, Syria or Northern Iraq, Freer Gallery of Art, F1941.10.

Head of a pharaoh, Dynasty 5 or 6, Old Kingdom, ca. 2675-2130 BCE, Egypt, Freer Gallery of Art, F1938.11.

Lidded ritual wine ewer (guang) in the form of a tiger, owl, and water bird, Early Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-1200 BCE, China, Henan province, Anyang, Freer Gallery of Art, F1938.5a-b.


We are excited to reopen the Freer in October 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.