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Plan your trip: The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovation and reinstallation. Join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures on October 14–15, 2017!


The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


In 1987, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery opened on the national mall to become the second museum of Asian art at the Smithsonian Institution. The museum was built with funds provided by Dr. Sackler to house his collection of Asian art that included incomparable examples of Chinese archaic jades and ancient bronzes, among other important works of art.

In addition to Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, the principal benefactor of the museum that bears his name, the governments of Japan and South Korea also contributed to the construction of the building to promote their countries artistic and historical achievements. Architect Jean-Paul Carlhian designed the building (and the National Museum of African Art) on three underground levels, with a dramatic pavilion entryway through the Haupt Gardens.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery can accommodate international loan exhibitions, such as Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000, and Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

History and building
Arthur M. Sackler, Collector

Freer Gallery of Art

History and building
Charles Lang Freer


The Freer|Sackler is closed for renovation and reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Join us for our reopening celebration on October 14–15, 2017.