Freer Staff Prepare for Building Expansion

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The Freer Gallery of Art shuts down part of its building in preparation for an expansion. The construction project will link the Freer Gallery building to the Sackler Gallery building via an underground passage. The expansion will increase museum storage space by 70 percent. Several Freer support activities, including the Technical Laboratory and the Oriental Art Restoration Studio, will move permanently to the Sackler. The Freer's renovations also include the restoration of the north lobby to its original appearance, the improvement of the auditorium, and the installation of an elevator. The work is projected for completion in October 1989.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Bliss, Susan. "Freer Gallery to Expand." The Smithsonian Torch (March 1987): 1, 7.

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


February 1, 1987


  • Museum buildings
  • Museum storage facilities
  • Architecture
  • Restoration
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Elevators
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


Washington (D.C.)

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