Freer Gallery of Art

Thank you for your interest in hosting an event at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art!

Due to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases, the Smithsonian Institution facilities are currently closed. The Freer and Sackler Galleries’ reopening will be based on public safety, resource availability, local conditions related to COVID-19, and other factors both internal and external.

The Freer and Sackler Galleries will not book any third-party rental events until after August 31, 2021. External parties may book Smithsonian rental spaces from September 1, 2021–November 30, 2021 with a “soft hold,” which will not require a deposit or executed contract, but will be limited to groups of 50 or fewer (including SI staff). External parties will be required to adhere to any social distancing or other criteria that may be in place at that time, and the hold may be cancelled by the Smithsonian for any reason.

Due to planned construction projects at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, events and rental bookings may be impacted through spring of 2022.

We look forward to working with you on your event soon!

A model of classical architecture and refinement, the Freer Gallery of Art holds the distinction of being the first art museum on the Smithsonian campus. The museum’s galleries showcase American paintings from the Aesthetic movement of the late nineteenth century, as well as the arts of China, the Indian subcontinent, Japan, Korea, and the Islamic world. Guests can sip cocktails in the graceful central courtyard or enjoy a fine meal in the grand marble corridors.


Space Seated Standing
Freer north hall 100 200
Freer south hall 120 200
Courtyard 150 200
Entire building 275 400

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