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The Freer Gallery of Art opens to the public. For the opening week, there were issued 3,300 invitations, and between May 9 and June 30, the total attendence was 32,648 visitors.


Freer Gallery of Art


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • "Local Notes" claims the date was May 9, 1923
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1923. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1925, p. 19.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 195.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 298, Box 1, "Local Notes," 5/10/1923, p. 1.

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


May 2, 1923


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