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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.

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.
  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 Freer Gallery of Art and/or the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.


Take an in-depth tour of a special exhibition in the Freer or 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 – July 2, 2016
Learn more about this exhibition »


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.

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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.

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.