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The Peacock Room Revealed at Freer|Sackler Galleries

February 27, 2019

It’s not often that you get to appreciate the stunning landscape of a gallery without it already being filled with more impressive works, but that’s what’s going on now at The Peacock Room Revealed at Freer/Sackler Galleries. What is normally the home to fine Asian ceramics has been completely emptied out so that you can admire the art and architecture of the bare room. 

The Peacock Room boasts exquisite surfaces painted by James McNeill Whistler, from the ornate ceilings, to the delicate walls and window shutters adorned to look like the beautiful patterns of peacock feathers. The shelves will remain empty until mid-April 2019, at which point the room will be again filled with Chinese porcelain ceramics in preparations for its next long-term installation. 

To see the room in its full grandeur (without having to peek around the next ceramic collection), visit the Freer|Sackler Galleries in the National Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Admission is free, and the Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.