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Dame Professor Jessica Rawson To Be Awarded the Charles Lang Freer Medal

Museums’ Award Marks Lifetime Contributions to Asian Art

2017-05-26 | Press Release

Director of Smithsonian’s Asian Art Galleries Announces Plan To Retire

Julian Raby has announced that he will retire from his position at the beginning of 2018 after 15 years with the Institution

2017-05-26 | Press Release

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery To Reopen With Weekend-long Celebration

The Two Galleries Reopen Oct. 14 as the Place Where Asia Meets America

2017-05-23 | Press Release | 日本語


“Jades for Life and Death” Digital Catalog Features Ancient Chinese Jades Collection

Freer and Sackler Launches Online Bilingual Catalog of Objects From Stone Age to Han Dynasty

2016-09-13 | Press Release


Mitsubishi Corp. To Donate $1 Million to Freer and Sackler Galleries

Sponsorship Supports U.S.–Japan Collaboration and Outreach

2015-11-24 | Press Release

Key Artifacts from ISIS-endangered Palmyra, Syria, On View at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

3-D Scan of Rare Funerary Bust Will Be Available to Explore and Download

2015-06-08 | Press Release

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe Awards $1 Million to Freer and Sackler Galleries, Inducts Director into Order of the Rising Sun

Honors Recognize Smithsonian Leadership in Japanese Art, Upcoming Tawaraya Sōtatsu Exhibition

2015-04-30 | Press Release

The Prince of Wales Attends Meeting at the Freer and Sackler Galleries To Discuss 2016 Exhibition

Exhibition Will Showcase Turquoise Mountain’s Revival of Artisans in Afghanistan

2015-03-18 | Press Release

Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art to Close January 2016 for Major Renovations

Exhibitions, Collections and Programs Continue at Sackler Gallery and Online

2015-02-11 | Press Release


West Point Cadets Come to the Freer and Sackler Galleries

West Point Cadets Visit Freer and Sackler Galleries’ Whistler Exhibition and Collections in Honor of Famous Alumnus Whistler’s 180th Birthday

2014-08-12 | Media Advisory

Freer and Sackler Galleries Receive Bequest of Rare Prints of India

Collection Creates First Public Resource for Studying Early European and American Images of India

2014-06-16 | Press Release | Images

Donna Strahan Joins Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries as Head of Conservation and Scientific Research

Donna Strahan has joined the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, as the head of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research.

2014-03-27 | Press Release


Rare Southern Arabian Artifacts Find Home at Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery

History Preserved in Sand Reveals Clues to the Ancient Qataban Civilization

2013-08-29 | Press Release | Images


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