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Cranes and Plum Blossoms
Along with five other works, this gift come to the museum from the estate of Anna C. Chennault (1923–2018). Madame Chennault was the wife of General Claire Chennault (1893–1958), commander of the famous Flying Tigers group during World War II. A large overarching plum tree, with a proliferation of white blossoms covering every branch and ...
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About this project
Teaching China with the Smithsonian was made possible by a generous grant from The Freeman Foundation. Project Team at the National Museum of Asian Art: Stephen Allee, Gio Camozzi, YinYing Chen, Liz Cheng, Elizabeth Eder, Ian Fry, Cory Grace, Reid Hoffman, Carol Huh, Wen Li, Nancy Micklewright, Sana Mirza, Mary Mulcahy, Grace Murray, Olga Panova, ...
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Interactives: Timeline, Maps, and More
Gain a broader perspective on the history and art of China through this detailed visual timeline and interactive map. Plus, explore individual artworks in-depth through 3-D models, annotated images, and story maps.
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Videos: Art and Craft Traditions in China
Dive into the art and culture of China through these videos highlighting traditional arts and crafts as they are practiced today. Created by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the videos highlight unique performances and craft demonstrations from the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program, China: Tradition and the Art of Living, as well ...
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Lesson Plans: Teaching with Objects
Adapt these lesson plans for your classroom. Created by teachers from the Washington, DC metro area and across the US, each lesson plan focuses on a key event, concept, or artwork.

Explore by Dynasty
Gain an in-depth look at different periods of Chinese history through short essays highlighting social, political, and economic developments as well as key events in arts and culture.

Explore by Theme
Use these themes to link objects and events across time periods and to convey essential understandings about Chinese art, history, and culture.

Explore by Object
Discover five thousand years of Chinese art through featured objects handpicked by classroom teachers, museum educators, and curators from the renowned collection of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. Browse by time period or object type. Getting Started Guide:  How to Look at Objects
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Teaching China with the Smithsonian
Explore Chinese art, history, and culture in the classroom Welcome! Teaching China with the Smithsonian supports educators everywhere in engaging and inspiring students through the exploration of Chinese art, history, and culture. Discover the richness of one of the world’s oldest civilizations through featured museum objects, videos of art-making traditions, and supporting resources that link ...

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Meyer Auditorium is currently closed. During this time, films will be streamed, and live conversations with filmmakers will take place online. While the museum is closed, you can also check the Freer and Sackler Blog for recommendations by Tom Vick, the museum’s curator of film, of Asian films that ...