The Freer Gallery, the national museum of Asian art for the United States, is adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle and very close to the Orange and Blue lines’ Smithsonian station. The gallery houses a world-renowned collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East. Visitor favorites include Chinese paintings, Japanese folding screens, Korean ceramics, Indian and Persian manuscripts, and Buddhist sculpture.” Permanent Exhibits include Ancient Egypt, Art of Near East, the Islamic World, Biblical Manuscripts, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and American artists influenced by Asian art. If that list seems daunting, consider “a highlight of the Whistler holdings is the Peacock Room, a dining room that was once part of a London townhouse. In 1876, Whistler lavishly decorated the room with a blue and gold peacock design. After the owner’s death, the room was brought to the United States and permanently installed in the Freer Gallery.” 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.” The galleries are open 10am to 5:30pm every day except December 25th and admission is free. They have family programming throughout the year for all ages.”

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A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen highlights a selection of objects excavated from the region by the pioneer archaeologist Wendell Phillips and his team in 1950 and 1951. See this exhibit on display at the Freer|Sackler until August 2019.

Be transported into the imperial complex known as the Forbidden City through fascinating curator talks, performances, food, and art activities on this special day. All ages.

Take a family-friendly tour and learn about nature in Japanese art. Then, continue to explore the Freer for pop-up art-making activities. All ages.

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