The Freer Gallery of Art, along with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, forms the Smithsonian Institution’s national museums of Asian art. The Freer contains art from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Muslim world, the ancient Near East, and ancient Egypt, as well as American art. It is located on the south side of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and along with the Sackler Gallery, has an annual average of 900,000 visitors. The Freer adheres to the mission statement of the Smithsonian, which is to increase and diffuse knowledge through exhibitions, research, and publications.
The Freer houses 25,518 objects spanning 6,000 years of history, including but not limited to Chinese paintings and ceramics, Korean pottery and porcelain, Japanese Byōbu, Persian manuscripts, and Buddhist sculpture. Collections span from the Neolithic to modern eras.