Freer Gallery of Art

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In 1906 industrialist Charles L. Freer donated his collection of art to the Smithsonian Institution and the people of the United States. The acclaimed architect, landscape architect, and illustrator Charles A. Platt designed an Italian Renaissance style museum in 1918 to house Freer’s unsurpassed holdings of art. Platt intended the courtyard garden to be a place for quiet introspection when the museum opened to the public in 1923.

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Freer Gallery of Art courtyard

Freer Gallery of Art courtyard

Courtyard, Freer Gallery of Art by Flickr user mystuart

Inner Courtyard, Freer Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution

The Freer is one of my favorite parts of the Smithsonian complex on the National Mall. It is always beautiful and relatively quiet, as families with children don't usually come here. Also, and related, there is not food service. But for an hour or so of quiet contemplation and a chance to learn a thing or two about Asian art (my favorites are the various ceramics--much on Korea now being shown), as well as to see the work of American artists James McN. Whistler and Thomas Eakins--this museum…

Freer Gallery of Art courtyard in winter | by Flickr member onwatersedge

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Smithsonian Gardens | Freer Gallery of Art

Smithsonian Gardens creates and manages the Smithsonian’s outdoor gardens, interiorscapes, and horticulture-related collections and exhibits.

Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art | by Flickr user BAR Photography

Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art

Lush, green vegetation and the fountain’s cascading water, combined with the symmetrical layout of the arches and walkways, create a tranquil space for reflection and rest.

Smithsonian Gardens | Freer Gallery of Art

Smithsonian Gardens creates and manages the Smithsonian’s outdoor gardens, interiorscapes, and horticulture-related collections and exhibits.

Freer Gallery of Art, view into courtyard in autumn | by Flickr user Mr. T in DC

Freer Courtyard Thru Window

Tree with late fall foliage in the courtyard of the Freer Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC, viewed from inside the museum out one of the large windows with heavy bronze frames. Blogged: dcist.com/2009/12/morning_roundup_stormin_edition.php

Stunning Silver Bismarck Palm planting outside of @Freer|Sackler

Stunning Silver Bismarck Palm planting outside of @Freer|Sackler

Asia After Dark, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, via Flickr. Photo by Cory Grace.

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