Researcher Access to the Collections Not on View in Exhibition Galleries
One of the basic goals as envisioned by Charles Lang Freer, founder of the Freer Gallery of Art, was to build and operate the collection with “special regard for the convenience of students and others desirous of an opportunity for uninterrupted study of the objects” and for “the encouragement of the study of the civilizations of the Far East.” Since 1923, when the Gallery opened to the public, successive directors have carried out his wishes and expanded it to include the collections of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery after it was established in 1982.
In meeting this important goal of the museums, the objects housed in the storage areas of the Freer and Sackler galleries are available to the public for serious study during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. by appointment with the Collection Management Department. Every effort will be made to accommodate any person making a formal request to see or to study specific objects in the collection.
In considering requests for access, the Gallery must balance competing considerations such as the need to safeguard the collection and other demands on the staff. While every effort is made to accommodate all reasonable requests, preference is given to scholars, students, artists, and the professional staff members of other museums. Projects for study must be specific and visitors will limit themselves to the material requested. Casual browsing and impromptu requests cannot be accommodated. All visitors to collection storage areas will be accompanied at all times by a collection department staff member. Researchers must be at least 18 years old. Visits or tours for children ages 12-17 are required to have an adult chaperone and children under the age of 12 are not usually allowed access.
For appointments in the storage areas of the Freer Gallery of Art please contact:
Christina Popenfus at (202) 633-0349 or Tim Kirk at (202) 633-0344.
For appointments in the storage areas of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery please contact:
Brian Abrams (202) 633-0405.