“Asia meets America at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery‚ together, the Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art. Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, our museums hold and care for world-class collections of Asian and American art. We exist to enhance understanding and appreciation across cultures.”
"Barrier-free entrances to the Freer|Sackler are located on level 1 at Independence Avenue.
Vehicles displaying the international symbol of accessibility may park in the designated parking spaces on Jefferson Drive.
Family/companion care facilities are located in all of the restrooms in the Freer and on Sackler level B2.
Service dogs are welcome in the museums."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Assistance animal welcome
- Disabled parking access
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Lift access to all levels
- Wheelchair hire available
"All levels of the museums are accessible by elevator, including exhibition spaces and all public facilities.
All restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible.
For your comfort, manual wheelchairs can be borrowed by asking a security officer stationed at the museums’ entrances.
Spaces for wheelchairs and companion care seating are available in the Meyer Auditorium."Vision accessibility features:
- Large print or high contrast menus and other signage
"Tactile maps are available at the information desks. Large-print label sets are available at the entrance of select exhibitions or in PDF format.
The museums are locations for the Aira Access mobile information and verbal description service. Visitors can download the free Aira app on a smartphone, connect to the museums’ free Wi-Fi, and use the app to speak to an Aira agent using minutes provided courtesy of the Smithsonian."Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
"American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of programs and tours is available upon request. Because the museums do not have interpreters on staff, two weeks’ notice is requested to arrange for interpreters.
Assistive listening devices are available upon request for docent-led tours and for events in the Meyer Auditorium.
All videos shown in conjunction with an exhibition are captioned."Intellectual/Social Information:
Visitors with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder
"Generally, the Freer|Sackler is a quiet space. If you are sensitive to noise, consider bringing noise-canceling headphones.
Benches are located throughout the museums.
The Freer|Sackler participates in the Smithsonian Institution’s Morning at the Museum program, which offers families early admission to a Smithsonian museum once a month."Autism/Sensory accessibility features:
- Quiet hours