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Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution

Jefferson Drive At 12th Street, N.W.
Washington, D C

Phone: 202 357 4880 -- 202 357 2700
TTY: 202 357 1729

Statement of Purpose:

Asian and 19th- and early 20th-century American art.

One of two National Museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian. The Freer also houses the most important collection of work by artist James McNeill Whistler, including the "Peacock Room" in permanent display.

Highlights & Collections:

The Freer possesses one of the world's finest collection of Asian art with objects dating from Neolithic times to the early 20th century.

Such artists as Sargent and Dewing are represented in its smaller American collection, including the world's most important collection of works by James McNeill Whistler. "Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room", Whistler's only existing interior design scheme is permanently installed here.

An underground exhibition space connects the Freer with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Highlights: Chinese paintings, Japanese lacquer, Indian manuscripts, Korean ceramics, Islamic metalware.

Exhibits & Special Events:

See web site at or call Smithsonian Information for a previsit packet, which includes a list of updated temporary exhibitions.


Daily 10:00-5:30 p.m. Closed December 25.

Admission & Directions:


Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall or Independence Avenue exits)



Check with us at a later date.

Key Personnel:

Milo C. Beach, Director

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