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Self-Guided Experiences

Please note: all self-guided groups must pre-register below.

Bringing a Self-guided Group

  1. Familiarize yourself with the exhibitions and collections that will be on view during your visit.
  2. Review the "things to know" below.
  3. Read the Terms and Conditions.
  4. Complete the request form for self-guided groups at least one week in advance of your visit.
    • If you are unable to submit the form online, print and fax it to 202.312.1930.
  5. See the Plan Your Visit page for general information about accessibility, public transportation, parking, security, and dining facilities at the Smithsonian.

Things to Know

  • Groups of ten or more planning to visit the Freer and Sackler Galleries on their own are considered "self-guided groups."
  • Walk-in tours listed in the events calendar are not designed for K-12 students and cannot accommodate large self-guided groups.
  • We encourage large self-guided groups to plan their visits for Wednesdays, when we do not offer reserved group experiences.
  • All groups must provide at least one chaperone per ten students. Chaperones must remain with their assigned group at all times.
  • Please provide clipboards if students will be writing to discourage the use of walls and display cases as writing supports.
  • Pencil is the only writing implement permitted in the galleries.
  • 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.
  • Please indicate any accessibility requests in the "additional information" section of the request form.
  • There are no dining facilities or spaces to eat bag lunches in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Visit the Smithsonian dining page for other options.
  • 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.

Related information


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.


To request a reservation for an adult or university group, here's what you need to know.


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


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.