The Buzz: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery spirals three stories below the Mall. The dimly lit space is connected to its sister gallery, the Freer, and together, the collections marry more than 30,000 treasures of Asian art and artifacts.
The Collections: The gallery, which opened in 1987, houses Sackler's original gift of 1,000 works of Asian art. Highlights include early Chinese bronzes and jades, Chinese paintings, ancient Near Eastern ceramics and metalworks and sculpture from South and Southeast Asia.
Programs: Together with the Freer, the Sackler hosts a full series of public programs. Concerts, films (from classics to anime) and special lectures are held most weekends in the Meyer Auditorium. The museum also organizes ImaginAsia, programs for children ages 6 to 12.
Extras: Both museums offer gift shops with Asian art, jewelry, posters, T-shirts and items for children. Neither has a restaurant.
(Updated July 10, 2007)