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Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20013
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The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery...

The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Together known as the Freer|Sackler, the museums are physically connected by an underground passageway and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and sheer love of Asian art.

Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation.

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the art of the Qu'ran

If you want to see an unusual first of its kind art exhibit, go to the Freer / Sackler museum and see the Art of the Qu'ran. There are beautiful examples of Arabic calligraphy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want to see an unusual first of its kind art exhibit, go to the Freer / Sackler museum and see the Art of the Qu'ran. There are beautiful examples of Arabic calligraphy and gorgeous illuminated pages. Hurry, it is only until 2/20/2017

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went specifically to see two exhibits and were very pleasantly surprised by the space. You enter through a small round building and access the exhibits via an elevator to an underground space. One exhibit on the Turquoise Mountain project was absolutely beautiful with several opportunties to touch objects. I really enjoyed this particular display because it was really a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a lot of history in the exhibits, but the youngest member of our group got a bit bored until we reached the arts exhibit (Turquoise Mountain) on the bottom floor (underground - S3). Once she got to try her hand at weaving and some of the other hands-on activities, she loved the museum. I have to admit that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The art of the Quran exhibit was truly spectacular. This was not at all on our list of museums to tour. We stopped in at the Smithsonian Castle and inquired about "must sees" for history buffs and it was recommended. If you enjoyed viewing the Gutenberg Bible at the LOC this should be your next stop !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Freer Gallery and Sackler Gallery are combined in one via under ground tunnels. While the Freer has the obvious entrance and typical National Mall museum facade, the Sackler is housed under the nearby garden just behind the Smithsonian castle. Inside are so many beautiful art works spanning Persian, Indian, and Chinese, and Japanese empires. It very easy to spend... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I came to see the Qur’an exhibit that is currently on display through February 20, 2017. This is the first of its kind in the U.S. to have a collection showing these fascinating royal treasures. The Islamic manuscripts (mushaf in Arabic) are a sight to be seen. Most of the books are on loan from Istanbul, Turkey. They ranged in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Had read about this exhibit featuring ancient Qurans before arriving in DC, and it was so worth it. Beautiful and intricate, real works of art and dedication. I went on a Saturday late morning,, and it was not very crowded. Of course all these exhibits are free, and the whole museum area around the Washington Memorial are so beautiful. Also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We went specially to see the temporary exhibit, The Art of the Qur'an, featuring items on loan from Istanbul which have never traveled outside Turkey. This is a sumptuous exhibit of calligraphy, which allows the viewer to appreciate the really wide variety of styles and the aesthetics of (generally royal) manuscripts. This is surprisingly sumptuous. A treat!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

The Freer and Sackler galleries are a small, quiet gallery combination, dedicated to Asian art, located to the south of the Smithsonian "castle" (information centre) off a lovely courtyard. Exhibits are beautiful, thoughtful, well-designed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Came specifically to see the new Qu'ran exhibit, which is just beautiful, with a deep chronology of illustrated manuscripts done across media, scripts and time. Would have liked more contextual understanding, although there is a good timeline, but would have liked the chart about script styles to be more explanatory about how/when/why/who. Laid out lovingly in their signature style. Definitely... More 

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