Saying Goodbye to The Freer

The Smithsonian art gallery filled with Asian art closes till 2017.

The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art remains home to some of the District’s most famed Asian masterpieces. In its final weekend before closing for renovations (plans to re-open in 2017), crowds filled the Smithsonian home to take a final glance.

Just outside, a large steel gate filled with thin tree trunks creates an inviting atmosphere upon entering the garden.

Steer into the Freer to find a table filled with masks and textures from the Peacock Room formed into temporary tattoos. The Peacock Room is filled with extraordinary vases and a large mural depicting two birds painted in gold. The Peacock Room REMIX featured in the Sackler Gallery (still open despite The Freer closing for renovations) shows an emotional, dimly lit destroyed room to convey the feelings felt between the owner and the painter.


The now-closed museum offers historical artifacts, statues, artwork and more perfect for learning more about Asian history.

The renovations taking place include upgrading the building’s infrastructure, enhancing gallery spaces, incorporating new technology and improving the visitor experience. Concerts, films and other public programs normally held at the Freer will be hosted at the Sackler and other Smithsonian institutes. Exhibitions at the Sackler currently include Perspectives: Lara BaladiPeacock Room REMIX and The Nile and Ancient Egypt.

My favorite exhibition: Sōtatsu: Making Waves, where the Freer’s Waves at Matsushima and Dragons and Clouds are on public view. Take a look as its open through the end of January. 

Stop by and maybe you can catch a glance of what the future Freer will appear like.


Hat: Anti Social Social Club.

Jacket: Canada Goose. 

Shirt: Young Hungry Free.


Sneakers: Puma by Rihanna Creeper.

Author: Just Souled Out

Justine is a sneakerhead, streetwear lover based in the greater Washington DC area. Follow her on

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