Detail, The Late Shah Jahan Album: Humayun Seated in a Landscape. More about this object.

Plan your trip: The Freer is closed for renovation, allowing us to better present our art and serve our visitors, and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open and as dynamic as ever, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around town.

The Freer|Sackler is home to some of the world's most important holdings of Asian art. The Freer also boasts exemplary late nineteenth-century works by James McNeill Whistler and his American contemporaries. The Sackler is host to contemporary art from Asia as well as international loan exhibitions.Our entire collection is available digitally on Open F|S.

Looking to see a specific work of art? If it's not on view in the galleries, you may need to make special arrangements. Please review Researcher Access to the Collection for more information.

Hauge pot

The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book

The Gerhard Pulverer Collection

The Pulverer Collection includes numerous rare and pristine examples of Japanese illustrated books produced in the Edo period and beyond. The World of the Japanese Book marks the initial phase of an ongoing project to make all of the volumes available online.
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Provenance Research

This project aims to identify and clarify questions of ownership history for the Galleries' Asian artworks that were created before 1946 and acquired after 1932; underwent a change of ownership between 1933 and 1945; and were, or might have been, in continental Europe during that twelve-year period.

More information on Provenance Research
World War II Era Provenance Project, 1933–1945
Cultural Property in the Museum Environment

Tea Jar
Recent Acquisitions


A humble jar widely revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture has been acquired by the Freer Gallery. More information »

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The Freer Study Collection

Established in 1923, this collection is available to visiting scholars and students.
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The Freer is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.