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Smithsonian: Freer | Sackler Gallery of Art

Posted by on February 22, 2012

Field Trip: Freer | Sackler Gallery of Art
Location: 1200 Jefferson Drive SW
Washington, DC
Contact: 202-633-1000
Grades: K and up
Admission: Free


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About the Museum:

The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Both are physically connected by an underground passageway, and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and sheer love of Asian art. In addition, the Freer Gallery boasts exemplary examples of late-nineteenth-century works of American landscape and portraiture by James McNeill Whistler and his contemporaries.

Each building has its own aesthetic: the Freer is designed in a classical style whose architectural nexus is a courtyard that used to house live peacocks in the museum’s early days. It was Charles Lang Freer’s goal to facilitate the appreciation of world cultures through art, a noble undertaking as important today as it was more than a century ago, when he first willed his artwork and archives to the nation.

The Sackler takes you on an underground journey, and is home to Dr. Arthur Sackler’s incomparable collection of art including some of the most important ancient Chinese jades and bronzes in the world. In addition, the Sackler Gallery contains works that have been acquired in the last twenty years and also features the Perspectives series of contemporary art that greets and often surprises visitors when they first enter the gallery.

Collections feature holdings of:
American Art
Ancient Egyptian Art
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Arts of the Islamic World
Biblical Manuscripts
Chinese Art
Japanese Art
Korean Art
South Asian & Himalayan Art
Southeast Asian Art

The Gallery’s offers an abundance of free internet resources, including online exhibits and teacher resources.




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