While governmental maneuverings may be the mechanism driving Washington D.C. forward, the less-political visitor will find here expansive parks, a plethora of cultural sights and as assortment of landmark structures.
You have reached Zen in the City - the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries. A place to get away from the politics, the hustle, and the noise. A place to contemplate. Life and art. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery together form the national museum of Asian art. The galleries offer one of the Western world's most refined collections of Asian art and the finest collection of paintings by James McNeill Whistler . . . anywhere. Hours are from 10 AM to 5:30 PM every day except Dec. 25, and admission is free.
Map + Directions
The galleries are located on the National Mall, the grassy area between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, steps from the Smithsonian Metro stop. The Sackler Gallery is located at 1050 Independence Avenue, SW. The Freer Gallery of Art is located at Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW. The two museums are connected by an underground exhibition space.
Handicap accessible entrance to the Freer Gallery is located on Independence Avenue at 12th Street, SW.
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