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Experiences For Adults And University Students

Sackler tours will be conducted until July 9, 2017. 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 for the Freer and the Sackler will resume October 23, 2017. Tours must 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.

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

Making a Reservation

  1. Choose an experience (listed below), 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.

Things to Know

  • Requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and depend on availability.
  • Please indicate any special needs as "additional information" on the request form. Subject to availability, we can provide:
    • tours in some foreign languages (please specify)
    • tours for visually impaired visitors
    • sign-language interpreters.
  • 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.
  • There are no dining facilities or spaces to eat bag lunches in the Freer and Sackler.
  • Two weeks before your experience, we will provide written confirmation and logistical information, including which museum your group should enter.
  • Please call the tour scheduler immediately at 202.633.1012 to report cancellations and changes. For same-day or weekend cancellations and changes, please also call 202.633.0470.
  • 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

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 a K–12 school group, here's what you need to know. We currently do not offer experiences for Pre-K school groups.


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.