The National Museum of Asian Art has over 45,000 artworks from across Asia. Enjoy some of the finest on a free, docent-led tour and learn about commonalities and differences in cultures, aesthetics, and ideas.

Public Tour Topics

Permanent Collection Highlights Tour

Seven days a week at 1:00 p.m.; meet at the Freer information desk

Celebrate our museum’s centennial with a tour featuring Charles Lang Freer’s collection of Asian and American art. Join our docents on an interactive journey to explore the highlights of the museum’s outstanding collections, including the famous Peacock Room. No reservation needed.

Special Exhibition Tour

Select Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.; meet at the Sackler information desk

Join a free, hour-long, docent-led tour featuring one of the special exhibitions. You may visit a Tibetan shrine, explore contemporary Iranian photographs and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese prints of antiheroes, or discover artifacts from ancient Yemen. No reservation needed. Please visit the museum’s event calendar for details.

Reserved Group Tours

You can schedule a private on-site tour for a group of ten or more visitors by going to the on-site tour request form. Please use the Notes section if you would like to customize your tour to feature specific topics or a special exhibition. We also offer these tours in other languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Spanish, and Cantonese.


Docent gesturing to a dramatically lit Japanese wooden thunder god statue as tour-goers watch.

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