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Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Our own Keith Wilson joined +The Splendid Table to share how wine was enjoyed in China some 3,000 years ago.
Keith Wilson is the curator of the exhibit "Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes" at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibit includes a variety of Chinese wine vessels from the period between 1200 and 1000 B.C.E. that were used for ceremonial banquets. "We think that the different shapes probably reflect the ritualization of alcohol consumption," he says.
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"Summer." Dwight William Tryon, 1892.
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He's got the whole world on his robe. Vote for the Cosmic Buddha as the most seriously amazing object in the 2015 Smithsonian Summer Showdown! #SIShowdown
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"It's important that when something is in the news, people get a sense of its history," says museum director Julian Raby. "You've heard of Palmyra, but you may know nothing about it, so come and have a look at an object that allows you to reflect on current affairs." +BBC News 
A new exhibit aims to connect US audiences with antiquities under fire in Syria's civil war.
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Twenty years ago, the Freer debuted its very first Made in Hong Kong Film Festival. See what's in store for our 20th-anniversary celebration, kicking off tonight with "Dearest." ‪#‎HongKongFilmFest‬
Twenty years ago, the Freer debuted its very first Made in Hong Kong Film Festival, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, a partnership that remains strong to this day. Over the years, this ever-popular annual festival has treated our audiences to the films of some of ...
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From its neck to its feet, the #CosmicBuddha is covered with narrative scenes depicting moments from the life of the Historical Buddha as well as the "Realms of Existence," a symbolic map of the Buddhist world. Heaven is represented toward the top, the hells are at the bottom, and humans, animals, spirits, and demigods reside between the two. Vote for this amazing object in #SIshowdown!
Get an up-close look at the Smithsonian’s stunning Buddha
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+Washingtonian broke down how the Smithsonian 3D Digitization team digitized the ‪#‎CosmicBuddha‬. The intricate process involved a two-inch band of light, more than 300 2D photographs, and some 20 million dots of data. Vote for this amazing object in ‪#‎SIShowdown‬!
Illustration by Todd Detwiler. 1. The Freer Gallery approached the initiative’s staff about scanning the museum’s sixth-century Cosmic Buddha, a life-size statue covered in faint carvings depicting the afterlife and enlightenment. “It’s a really challenging object for visitors and...
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Happy #SistersDay! Any theories as to what these two "Sisters" (by James McNeill Whistler) are discussing?
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Both professors of English literature, Sylvan Barnet and William Burto shared a passion for Asian art—which they then shared with the Freer|Sackler. With their gift, the Freer’s collection of Japanese Buddhist sutras is now unmatched outside Japan.

See examples of what Barnet, Burto, and other generous donors have brought to the Galleries in "Art of the Gift," opening Saturday.
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Happy #WorldSnakeDay from this friendly turtle-riding serpent! This Chinese porcelain piece dates to somewhere between the mid-11th and early 12th century.
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Our 20th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival kicks off Friday! Join us for "Dearest," a gripping drama that earned two Hong Kong Film Critics’ Society Awards. ‪#‎HongKongFilmFest‬
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Acclaimed museum with over 25,000 pieces of art from around Asia plus some American masterpieces.- Google
"Excellent collections in beautiful setting."
"I really loved this place."
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James Smith
a week ago
I had always passed this museum by until thankfully I ventured into the small rotunda near the Smithsonian castle, that serves as an alternate entrance. If you have guests in town and want to take them for a treat arrive this way. The aforementioned entrance looks about the size of an average DC apartment from the exterior until you realize upon entering that it is the head of a stairwell leading several stories down to the main floor of this 'crypt' of a museum. The effect is quite startling as the space expands below ground to occupy a surprising amount of space. Most recently the museum is hosting an very excellent exhibit on Afghan art and artisans that for a Veteran of that war was a rich and compelling experience.
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2 months ago
I enjoyed the Ancient Persia section at the museum. I think it is the greatest collection of Sassanian-era Persian objects in the United States. Strongly recommended !
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Elizabeth Decolvenaere
2 months ago
At first we were ready to give up on this place, it being our 3rd art gallery of the day. Then we took the elevator back down, the doors opened, and we were presented with a larger-than-life presidential portrait of Frank Underwood. 100000000/10
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Margaret Hwang
a month ago
Interesting artworks about Asian cultures. Good staff. Lovely gifts.
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Carter Purcell
3 months ago
Freer gallery is closed until 2017, but don't miss the lovely small Sackler gallery next door! The Sackler entrance is in the garden behind the Smithsonian castle. The museum is free and has excellent, small exhibits. Helpful and friendly docents. Beautiful architecture. You can connect inside to the African Art museum from the -1st and -3rd floors (underground), useful on a rainy or hot day.
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Markus Klein
2 weeks ago
If you're into Asian art you need to swing by this museum. It's beautiful and there the store has some very nice things to purchase for yourself or as a present.
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Joe Morgan
a month ago
My favorite galleries - Freer is closed until early 2017, but Sackler and African Art are both open. Turquoise Mountain is a great exhibit.
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Jack Hutchings
9 months ago
An absolutely fantastic museum. The Peacock Room and, when we went, the remix of the room, Filthy Lucre, were more than enough to be worth the visit. Pair those with the expensive array of sculptures and bronze pieces and this makes one of my favorite museums in town.