|Facility:||Smithsonian Institution Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art|
1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20013
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The Freer Gallery, founded in 1923, and Sackler Gallery, founded in 1987, are connected physically by an underground tunnel and ideologically by their dedication to Asian art. The buildings are named after the men who began each gallery by donating their private collections of Asian art to the Smithsonian.
For more information concerning the Japanese collections, please contact the senior curator of the Japanese collection, James Ulak, at (202) 633-0412 or by email for the library please contact librarian Reiko Yoshimura by email
Collection size: as of July 2014
The Freer and Sackler Galleries include over 32,400 items. Of these, over 11,000 are part of the Japanese collection.
Highlights of the Japanese collection include:
Over 11,000 items from the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art are viewable online, including items from the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian and Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art collections. New objects are added monthly.
Over 1,500 photographs of items in the Freer and Sackler Galleries' collections.
Objects housed in the storage areas of the Freer and Sackler galleries are available for serious researchers on weekdays, 10:00am-4:30pm. Appointments to view specific objects must be made with the Collection Management Department. While all requests will be considered and granted if possible, preference is given to scholars, students, artists, and the professional staff members of other museums.
Established in 1923, the Freer Study Collection houses objects held for laboratory analysis and comparative studies performed by visiting scholars. For more information about scheduling appointments in the storage areas of the galleries, please visit this page.
To order an image or request reproduction permissions, please contact the galleries' rights and reproduction office. For more information, please visit their image permissions page.