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Teen Programs at the Freer|Sackler are exclusively for visitors ages 13–19. Take part to connect with inspirational artworks, go behind the scenes, meet artists, and get together with teens who share your interests.

Below is more information about our Teen Council and other ways to get involved. Questions? Contact us at AsiaTeens@si.edu or 202.633.0465.


Teen Council

Meet the 2016-2017 Teen Council!

The Freer|Sackler Teen Council is a group of twelve creative and dedicated high school students who help make the museums more welcoming and engaging for young people. The Teen Council plans and hosts events that bring DC-area teens to the museums to hang out, make and design art, and have unique and exciting experiences. Plus, we have a lot of fun and build an incredible community together in the museum.

Take a look at the schedule, commitment, and benefits associated with participating. Then, submit an application to be part of the 2017–18 Teen Council!

Schedule and commitment required:

  • Members must attend all Teen Council meetings (second and fourth Thursdays from October 2016–June 2017, 4–6:30 pm).
  • Members must attend two afternoon sessions in July to plan a summer teen night the following month.
  • Members also must help out during the teen night in August 2017.

Teen Council applicants should be:

  • DC, Virginia, and Maryland high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Great at communication, problem solving, and multitasking
  • Enthusiastic about working on long-term projects
  • Excited to share ideas but also open to different perspectives and opinions
  • Comfortable working collaboratively in teams and committees

Teen Council members will have the opportunity to:

  • Design and lead public programs for teens
  • Network with artists, museum staff, and other unique, motivated, and collaborative teens
  • Use creative skills at world-class art museums
  • Gain public speaking and presentation experience
  • Develop as leaders and thinkers
  • Receive Smithsonian discounts (with volunteer ID)
  • Earn their choice of a $600 program award or community service hours
  • Enjoy great snacks at each meeting!

Join the Teen Council

Submit an application to be a part of the 2017–2018 Teen Council!

Resources for Educators

Online guides and lesson plans, workshops and other events for teachers, how to schedule school tours, and more in the Explore and Learn Teacher Resources section.

School Tours

Need to schedule a tour for a group of K-12 students? Here's what you need to know.



The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will be open during standard operating hours, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., during Inauguration weekend, January 20 through 22, 2017.

We are excited to reopen the Freer in October 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.