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Reserved Experiences For Schools

Beginning July 10, 2017, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will be closed for renovation and will reopen on October 14, 2017. Tours of the Freer|Sackler for the 2017-2018 school year will resume October 23, 2017. Tours may be requested through the online form listed below. Initially, you will receive confirmation of the date and time of your visit, all other tour confirmations and logistical details will be provided after August 28, 2017. Thank you for your interest and support of the Freer|Sackler.

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

Making a Reservation | Our Approach | Tour Topics

Making a Reservation

  1. Choose an experience, date and time 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.


In our tours at the Freer|Sackler, we aim for students to:
  • Be inspired by works of art
  • Understand commonalities across cultures
  • Appreciate differences between cultures
  • Understand the world through disciplinary and interdisciplinary study

All tours are highly interactive, incorporating a variety of learning opportunities such as:

  • Close looking
  • Describing
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Developing questions
  • Making choices
  • Creating visual, written, and/or kinesthetic responses to artworks
  • Engaging with hands-on objects

Tours support the following Common Core/national standards of learning:
Social Studies National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (National Council for the Social Studies)

K–12 themes:
Time, continuity, and change
People, places, and environments
Global connections

Visual Arts National Standards for Arts Education (Consortium of National Arts Education Associations)

K–12 standards:
Using knowledge of structures and functions
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

English Language Arts English Language Arts Common Core Standards
K–12 strands:
Speaking and listening

*Tours support these standard strands if writing activities are included in the experience.

Global Competence Framework National Education Association

K-12 Matrix for the Arts
Students investigate the world beyond their immediate environment
Students use the arts to recognize their own and others’ perspectives
Students communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences using art


Visit our educators' resource page for an overview of events, online guides, and print materials.

Links to Online Resources by Area

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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 an adult or university group, here's what you need to know.


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

The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovations, updates, and gallery reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Please join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration on October 14 and 15, 2017.