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Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave MRC 707 | Washington, DC 20013

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The nation's most distinguished collection of Asian art and largest collection of Whistler work, make these venues unforgettable backdrops for events.

The Freer Gallery of Art, designed by architect Charles Platt and inspired by Italian Renaissance palaces, is an elegant setting for special events. The Freer's skylit galleries surround a graceful central courtyard, conveying the feeling of a private mansion. The exhibition galleries, always open during events, provide places of tranquility for quiet reflection or conversation. The Freer has a sitting capacity of 290 and a standing capacity of 400.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is a contemporary subterranean structure, which guests enter via the verdant Haupt Garden on Independence Avenue. The above-ground entrance pavilion is a splendid space in which to entertain, enhanced by windows that provide views of the Smithsonian Castle and National Museum of African Art. Surrounded by smooth stone walls, the long, elegant central staircase appears to float above the spaces below, leading the visitor to the underground chambers where the museum's treasures are displayed. The Sackler has a seating capacity of 290 and a standing capacity of 400.

The Galleries are not available for fund-raisers or events of a political, religious, promotional, or personal nature (e.g. weddings, birthdays, retirement parties, etc.).