Freer | Sackler

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art, is where Asia meets America. Experience Asian art from Cairo to Tokyo with provocative contemporary works, as well as works from the American Aesthetic movement. Our mission is to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia and the cultures that produced them. We use works of art to inspire study and provoke thought.

For more information, visit their website


We bring people together with Asian and American art for experiences that are relevant, stimulating, and transformative onsite, offsite, and online.

Description of Education Initiatives: During our tours at the Freer|Sackler, we aim for students to understand commonalities and appreciate differences across cultures. We encourage close-looking at art through inquiry-based methods and hands-on activities. To check out our resources for educators, visit our education page

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative member since 1998
The Freer|Sackler is a founding member of the DC Collaborative! 

"The Freer|Sackler is proud to be a member of the DC Collaborative, and its relationship with the Collaborative has been invaluable. One of the Smithsonian's goals is to reach all Washington D.C. metropolitan area K-12 students, and the DC Collaborative is helping to fulfill that promise. Because of the partnership with DC Collaborative, the Freer|Sackler has expanded its reach--a broader age-range of student visitors has been served, and many students and chaperones are first-time visitors to the Freer|Sackler."

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Provider

Freer | Sackler is an AHFES provider! Teachers can view their AHFES Catalogue here.

Professional Development Events

Freer | Sackler is offering the following PD opportunities during the 2018-19 School Year:

Presented by: Freer|Sackler
Freer|Sackler celebrates all-things Japan with two special exhibitions, Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection and Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography, in an evening just for educators. Engage in gallery conversations, experiment with art making, and leave with teaching posters and other materials you can use in your classroom. Advance registration is required.
Dates: 11/8/28
Time: 5:00PM-8:00 PM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Discipline/Focus: Arts Learning- Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography/Language Arts
Grades: Teachers grades PreK-12

Story Bank Blog                                                               

Freer | Sackler is featured on the DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog!

  • "Divine Felines at the Freer|Sackler Galleries"November 15, 2017
  • "A Trip to Freer|Sackler for the 'Look and Discover Museum Tour' AHFES Program Feature: Freer|Sackler"- April 27, 2017

Fun fact! Freer|Sackler's entire collection of over 40,000 works of art are entirely digitized and online for you to browse.

Contact the Education Department: Jennifer Reifsteck at






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Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.