Freer Gallery Closes for Renovation

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The Freer Gallery of Art closes for renovation for a year and a half. The changes include modernizing climate-control systems and infrastructure, modifying gallery spaces to reflect the original vision for the museum, improving the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium, and updating storage and conservation areas. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery remains open during the renovations.


  • Meyer, Agnes E
  • Meyer, Eugene
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Freer Gallery of Art Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery News Release, "Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art to Close January 2016 for Major Renovations: Exhibitions, Collections and Programs Continue at Sackler Gallery and Online," February 11, 2015.
  • SI Email Announcement, "Freer Gallery of Art to Close January 2016 for Major Renovations," February 12, 2015.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 4, 2016


  • Museum buildings
  • Storage
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


Washington (D.C.)

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