Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery opened in 1987 on the National Mall to become Smithsonian’s second museum of Asian art. Architect Jean-Paul Carlhian designed the building on three underground levels, with a dramatic pavilion entryway through the Haupt Garden. A grand staircase descends to an open event space and galleries that host special exhibitions of Asian art. With a wide array of aesthetic offerings and serene spaces for reflection and conversation, the Sackler provides access to Asian masterworks within a distinctive venue.


Space Seated Standing
Sackler pavilion* 180 350
Sackler level B1 80 175

*Special events in the Sackler pavilion are contingent upon the artwork in the space. Please contact the Office of Special Events for more information.

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