Plan Your Visit

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When can I come?

All Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a regular and as needed basis.

Where are you located?

Freer Gallery of Art

Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Other questions? Call 202.633.1000 or email us.

Practical Information

Where to eat

Our café in the Sackler pavilion is open daily (except December 25) from 10 am to 4 pm. Enjoy coffee and tea with a selection of pastries, snacks, and beverages. Visit other Smithsonian museums for more places to eat. The nearest dining option is the Smithsonian Castle.

Places to stay

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC is proud to sponsor the Freer|Sackler.

Lodging @ goSmithsonian

Transportation and parking

Limited on-street parking is available, including reserved spaces for visitors with disabilities. You can book guaranteed parking in advance with ParkWhiz. Taking public transportation is encouraged.

Bus parking on the Mall is discouraged. See recommended bus parking areas.


Barrier-free entrances are located at street level on Independence Avenue. Ask about free wheelchairs, accessible bathrooms, tactile maps, large-print labels, and more at the information desks.  See more about accessibility.

Charging stations

Ask for details at the information desks.

Babies and toddlers

Changing stations are located in all of the restrooms in the Freer and in the Sackler on level B2. Strollers and front-worn baby carriers are permitted in the galleries.

Bag policy

Security personnel may inspect bags, parcels, and similar items. They may require items be stored in a locker.


Lockers are available for public use.


You are invited to use non-flash photography except where specifically prohibited. Devices such as tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted.

The Smithsonian may film, photograph, live stream, or otherwise record in the museums. By your presence, you consent to the use of your image and statements, and those of your minor children, in connection with Smithsonian activities in any media.

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