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Photography Policy

The Smithsonian permits non-flash still and video photography for noncommercial use only in its museums and exhibitions, unless otherwise posted. For safety reasons, tripods and monopods are not permitted at any time in any of the museums or gardens.

At the Freer and Sackler, non-flash photography is allowed within the Freer Gallery of Art, Freer courtyard, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and exterior gardens, except where prohibited within special exhibitions. The use of flash, special or additional lighting is not allowed, to ensure the protection of light-sensitive artwork.

At this time, the museum cannot provide permission for or sanction planned photography, including but not limited to wedding, graduation, and portraiture sessions. Smithsonian staff will request the discontinuation of any activity that blocks access, interrupts museum activity, or disrupts the visitor experience.

Working members of the media who need to use a tripod, monopod or lighting must obtain permission from the museum’s Public Affairs Office; requests can be submitted through pressasia@si.edu or by calling 202.633.0271. The media, documentary filmmakers and commercial photographers are encouraged to reference the museum’s filming policy for guidance.

Hours and Admission

The Freer and Sackler Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except December 25.

Admission is free.

Questions? Call 202.633.4880 or email us.


Limited on-street parking is available, including reserved spaces for visitors with disabilities. Public transportation is encouraged.
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Groups arriving by bus should note that the United States Park Police (202.426.6841) discourages bus parking on the Mall. Recommended bus parking areas.

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.