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The Peacock Room - National Museum of Asian Art

The Peacock Room

A view of the Peacock Room with the shudders open, focused on the teal and gold mural of fighting peacocks.

The Peacock Room has captivated visitors at the Freer Gallery of Art since its opening in 1923. Originally designed by artist James McNeill Whistler to showcase a Chinese blue-and-white porcelain collection, the room marries its avian motif with a striking use of color inspired by the arts of East Asia. Take a virtual step inside and experience this immersive work of art, explore the controversy around its creation, and trace the room’s travels from London to Detroit to Washington, DC. Join us to learn more about how the Peacock Room is cared for in its permanent home and delve deeper with an array of additional resources.