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Experiences For Adults And University Students

While the Freer is closed for renovation, some of your favorite works might not be on view. When the building reopens in 2017, we will resume tours of our Chinese art including bronzes and jades, arts of Japan and Korea, ancient Egyptian art, manuscripts, and Whistler's Peacock Room. In the meantime, enjoy your experience at the Sackler, where you can view our special exhibitions as well as selections from our collections of South Asian and Himalayan art, ancient Near Eastern art, and Vietnamese ceramics.

For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.

Making a Reservation

  1. Choose an experience (listed below) and day that works for your group
  2. Review the Terms and Conditions.
  3. Submit a request at least four weeks in advance using the online form.
    • If you are unable to submit the form online, print and fax it to 202.312.1930.
    • Submitting a form does not guarantee a reservation.
    • Please note: Reserved Experiences for Adults and University Students are limited to a maximum of 45 participants. If you are planning to come with more than 45 adults or university students, please visit the self-guided experiences page.
  4. If your group is planning to visit in less than four weeks, complete the request form on the self-guided experiences page.
    • Walk-in tours cannot accommodate large self-guided groups.
  5. Plan Your Visit.

Things to Know

  • Requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and depend on availability.
  • Please indicate any special needs as "additional information" on the request form. Subject to availability, we can provide:
    • tours in some foreign languages (please specify)
    • tours for visually impaired visitors
    • sign-language interpreters.
  • Photographs may be taken of the permanent collection but not of loan objects or exhibitions; please be aware of "no photography" signage in the galleries.
  • There are no dining facilities or spaces to eat bag lunches in the Freer and Sackler.
  • Two weeks before your experience, we will provide written confirmation and logistical information, including which museum your group should enter.
  • Please call the tour scheduler immediately at 202.633.1012 to report cancellations and changes. For same-day or weekend cancellations and changes, please also call 202.633.0470.
  • A small portion of the Freer and Sackler's vast collection is on view at any given time. We cannot guarantee that a specific object will be on display.
  • To view objects currently in storage, please contact our Collections Management Department.


Group tours are offered at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm daily, except Wednesdays and federal holidays. All tours subject to availability. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is held in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.


Take an in-depth tour of a special exhibition in the Sackler. Visit the current exhibitions page for a list of what's on view.

Peacock Room REMIX

Limit: 45 participants
Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Availability: May 23, 2015 – June 4, 2017
Description This tour explores Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, an immersive installation by painter Darren Waterston that reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room. Waterston’s dynamic space highlights complicated tensions and acts of creative expression in the nineteenth century and today.
Learn more about this exhibition »

Turquoise Mountain

Limit: 45 participants
Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Availability: May 16, 2015 – July 9, 2017
Description Take a journey to old Kabul by visiting Turquoise Mountain. This exhibition features contemporary works by Afghan jewelry makers, woodworkers, painters, calligraphers, and ceramicists, allowing you to learn their inspiring stories and examine their artistic processes.

Inventing Utamaro

Limit: 45 participants
Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Availability: April 20, 2017 – July 9, 2017
Description For the first time since 1879, a mysterious trio of paintings by the artist Kitagawa Utamaro gives us new understanding of how and why images of Japan’s famed pleasure districts were created. A representative range of the artist’s prints and paintings frames this unusual triptych.


Sackler Highlights

Limit: 45 participants
Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Description Explore the Sackler Gallery's permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The museum opened in 1987 to house a gift of some 1,000 works of Asian art from Dr. Arthur M. Sackler. Among its highlights are sculpture from South and Southeast Asia.

Related information

Self-guided groups

If your group of ten or more plans to visit the galleries on its own, we ask that you register a week in advance using the online form. Space in the galleries is limited, and advance registration for groups helps us avoid crowding.


To request a reservation for a K–12 school group, here's what you need to know. We currently do not offer experiences for Pre-K school groups.


For questions about tours that are not answered here, call 202.633.1012 or e-mail asiatours@si.edu.

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.