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Dedicated to furthering the study of Asian and Middle Eastern art and culture, as well as turn-of-the century American art, the Freer and Sackler Galleries offer numerous resources for researchers of all levels. Our library, regarded as one of the finest libraries of Asian art, contains more than 86,000 volumes, including thousands in Chinese, Japanese, and other non-Western languages. The Archives, as a manuscript and photography repository, makes available primary materials regarding the collections and the museums’ research activities. Researchers can study objects not on view in the galleries by arranging research visits. They can also request images of objects to aid in their research pursuits.





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.