When Can I Come?

The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovation and reinstallation. Join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures on October 14–15, 2017!

The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan remains on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) And our entire collection is available digitally on Open F|S.

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave SW
PO Box 37012, MRC 707
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Hours starting Oct 16: 10am–5:30pm, every day except December 25.

Other questions? Call 202.633.4880 or email us.

gallery visitor looking at painting


Maps and directions

Transportation and parking

Limited on-street parking is available, including reserved spaces for visitors with disabilities. Public transportation is encouraged.


Groups arriving by bus should note that the United States Park Police (202.426.6841) discourages bus parking on the Mall. See recommended bus parking areas.



Handicap accessible entrance to the Freer Gallery is located on Independence Avenue at 12th Street SW.

Where to eat

The Freer|Sackler doesn't have an on-site eatery, but there are places to eat close-by and in other Smithsonian museums. The nearest dining option is located in the Smithsonian Castle.

Where to stay

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC is proud to sponsor the Freer|Sackler.

Lodging @ goSmithsonian


Lockers are available for public use.


Feel free to take photographs of the permanent collection. Some loan objects cannot be photographed, however. Selfie sticks aren't permitted in any Smithsonian museum.

Smithsonian visitor information

What Is There to Do?

Walk-in tours

And For the Kids?

Visiting with your family

In-gallery activities

Stop by an information desk to pick up one of our:
  • Sketch kits, complete with two sketchpads, pencils, and erasers to use during your visit.
  • ImaginAsia gallery guides, a family-friendly activity booklet that encourages close looking and conversation.
  • iPads loaded with apps exploring our collection of Korean ceramics and Whistler's famed Peacock Room (available only in the Freer) or download the free apps onto your own iPad or iPhone.

What About Group Tours?

Adults and university students

Bag lunches

Because all bags need to be checked by security, please leave personal items and lunches on the bus if possible. If you must bring lunches inside, please place them in clear plastic bags so they can easily pass inspection. Arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before your tour to allow time for the security check.

Guidelines for a successful visit

Freer Gallery Closure

From January 2015 through 2016, the collections storage areas of the Freer Gallery of Art will be unavailable for research or visits due to the replacement of the building’s heating, humidification, and ventilation systems. Throughout 2016 the Freer’s galleries and Meyer Auditorium will be closed to visitors. Concerts, films, and other public programs will be held at sites around the Smithsonian.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open during this period.

The storage area of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will re-open November 2017; the storage area of the Freer Gallery of Art will re-open January 2018. Research visits are by appointment only.

Contact with inquiries

Collections access: duleyel@si.edu

Public programs: publicaffairsasia@si.edu

Scholarly research: micklewrightn@si.edu

Media inquiries: pressasia@si.edu

Plan your visit