The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art opened to the public on May 9, 1923. Designed by American architect and landscape planner Charles A. Platt (1861-1933), the building was done in an Italian Renaissance-style. The Freer is home to the collection of Charles Lang Freer, a railroad-car manufacturer from Detroit, Michigan who had amassed a collection of more than 9,420 art objects and manuscripts.
In January 2016, the Freer closed to the public so that substantial upgrades could be made to the building. Its partner museum the Sackler Gallery of Art closed in July to undergo repairs and install new collections galleries. Both museums recently reopened on October 14, 2017. To celebrate the occasion, the museums held a weekend-long celebration of "Where Asia Meets America" with the grounds being transformed into a night market with food stalls, live music, and performances.
To honor their reopening, here's a look at some records that illustrate moments from their history.
- Accession 03-018: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Central Files, 1919-1986, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Freer Gallery of Art history, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Arthur M. Sackler Gallery history, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery