Hours and Admission

The Freer|Sackler is open 10 am to 5:30 pm every day except December 25.

Admission is free.

Plan your trip: The Freer is closed for renovation, allowing us to better present our art and serve our visitors, and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open and as dynamic as ever, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around town.

The Freer|Sackler storage areas are closed during 2016.

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave SW
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 707
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Questions? Call 202.633.4880 or email us.

gallery visitor looking at painting

Getting Here

Maps and Directions

Transportation and Parking

Limited on-street parking is available, including reserved spaces for visitors with disabilities. Public transportation is encouraged.


Groups arriving by bus should note that the United States Park Police (202.426.6841) discourages bus parking on the Mall. Recommended bus parking areas.

Practical Information


Handicap accessible entrance to the Freer Gallery is located on Independence Avenue at 12th Street, SW.

Places to eat

The Freer and Sackler do not have on-site eateries; however, there are places to eat close by and in other Smithsonian museums. The nearest dining option is located in the Smithsonian Castle.

Places to stay

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is proud to sponsor the Freer|Sackler.

Lodging @ goSmithsonian

Bag lunches

Because all bags need to be checked by security, please leave personal items and lunches on the bus if possible. If you must bring lunches inside, please place them in clear plastic bags so they can easily pass inspection. Arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before your tour to allow time for the security check.


Lockers are available for public use.

Photo policies
Security policies
Smithsonian visitor information

Things to do

Current exhibitions
Calendar of events
Visiting with your family
Walk-in tours
Museum store

In-gallery activities

Stop by an information desk to pick up one of our:
  • Sketch kits, complete with two sketchpads, pencils, and erasers to use during your visit.
  • ImaginAsia gallery guides, a family-friendly activity booklet that encourages close looking and conversation.
  • iPads loaded with apps exploring our collection of Korean ceramics and Whistler's famed Peacock Room (available only in the Freer) or download the free apps onto your own iPad or iPhone.

Scheduled Group Visits

Experiences for schools
Experiences for teens
Experiences for adults & university students
Self-guided experiences
Guidelines for a successful visit

Freer Gallery Closure

From January 2015 through 2016, the collections storage areas of the Freer Gallery of Art will be unavailable for research or visits due to the replacement of the building’s heating, humidification, and ventilation systems. Throughout 2016 the Freer’s galleries and Meyer Auditorium will be closed to visitors. Concerts, films, and other public programs will be held at sites around the Smithsonian.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open during this period.

Contact with inquiries

Collections access: duleyel@si.edu

Public programs: publicaffairsasia@si.edu

Scholarly research: micklewrightn@si.edu

Media inquiries: pressasia@si.edu

Plan your visit

The Freer is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.