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Experiences For Adults And University Students

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 »

Sōtatsu: Making Waves
Limit: 60 participants 
: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Availability: November 5, 2015 – January 31, 2016
Learn more about this exhibition »


Freer Highlights

Limit: 60 participants
Location: Freer Gallery of Art
Description Explore the rich and diverse collections of the Freer Gallery of Art. Learn about the history of the museum and its outstanding holdings of works from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the ancient Near East, the Islamic world, and late nineteenth-century American art. Founder Charles Lang Freer's understanding and appreciation of art and art history shaped his personal collection and his vision for the first Smithsonian museum devoted to the fine arts. Discover how he viewed Asian and American art as a collector and connoisseur in the late nineteenth century.

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.


Arts of Buddhism

Limit: 45 participants
Location: Freer Gallery of Art
Description The religious arts of Buddhism in the Freer Gallery's collection reflect a variety of traditions. Compare Buddhist objects and discover how the religion was transformed as it spread from India across the vast continent of Asia.

Arts of China

Limit: 45 participants
Location: Freer Gallery
Description Chinese art has flourished since the Neolithic period. Discover the richness and diversity of Chinese art, from ceramics, lacquerware, painting, and calligraphy to ancient bronzes and jades.

Arts of Japan

Limit: 40 participants
Location: Freer Gallery of Art
Description Travel to Japan by examining the Freer Gallery's unparalleled collection of Japanese screens, paintings, lacquerware, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. Learn about the works' importance in Japanese culture, past and present.

Religious Arts of Asia

Limit: 45 participants
Location: Freer and/or Sackler Gallery
Description Examine works of art created for worship in various Asian religious traditions. Learn how visual characteristics of these art forms reflect key principles and practices associated with each religion.

Whistler and the Peacock Room

Limit: 30 participants
Location: Freer Gallery of Art
Description Hear the story of James McNeill Whistler's controversial decoration of the Peacock Room, originally in the London home of shipping magnate Frederick R. Leyland. Explore other works by Whistler in the Freer's American art galleries, and find out how he influenced Charles Lang Freer's aesthetic sensibility.

Points of Contact (American Art Collection)

Limit: 30 participants
Location: Freer Gallery of Art
Description In the late nineteenth century, museum founder Charles Lang Freer's collecting was influenced by his relationships with James McNeill Whistler and other artists of the aesthetic movement. Explore the ways Freer detected "points of contact" between Asian art and paintings by American artists such as Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Abbott Handerson Thayer, and Dwight William Tryon, and how these connections shaped the personal collection he would later bequeath to the Smithsonian.

Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas

Limit: 15 participants
Location: Freer Gallery of Art
Description View and discuss the Freer Gallery's important collection of sculpture, paintings, and drawings created in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. Discover how the arts of this region are closely intertwined with many religious traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Jainism.

Arts of the Islamic World

Limit: 15 participants
Location: Freer Gallery of Art
Description A variety of artistic traditions has thrived since the advent of Islam in the late seventh century. Explore the Freer's collection of arts of the Islamic world, which was created across a vast geographic area, from southern Spain and North Africa to the islands of 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.

Get here quick! The Freer Gallery will close for renovation on January 4, 2016, so we can better present our art and serve our visitors. Check out asia.si.edu/future to learn more and plan your trip.