Missing the D.C. art scene? You can now browse 40,000 works online

Traveling off campus for winter break usually means leaving the District’s museum scene behind. But thanks to the Smithsonian Institution, you can now browse thousands of works online for free.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Photo by Flickr user Heather Coleman under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Photo by Flickr user Heather Coleman under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Smithsonian made more than 40,000 images from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery collections available online for public use beginning Jan. 1, according to a museum release.

The Asian and American collections, which include famed pieces like James Whistler’s “The Peacock Room”¬†and Katsushika’s paintings of Japanese life, are available for noncommercial use and mostly high-resolution download. The majority of the works have never before been viewed publicly.

The Freer and Sackler are the first Smithsonian galleries to digitize and release their entire collections, according to the release.

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