View the Splendor of the Iconic Peacock Room at Freer|Sackler

One of the world’s most important collections of Asian art can be found at Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art. More than 40,000 objects from all over Asia are on display at the museums, and one of the crowning jewels of the collection is the Peacock Room.

In 1908, the Peacock Room was installed in Charles Lang Freer’s Detroit home, hailed as masterpiece of interior decorative mural art. Recently the room was adorned with a collection of Chinese ceramics, but constantly gets updated with new pieces. With the ceramics and shelving removed, visitors can get a good look at the colors and peacock patterns used to elevate an ordinary dining room into a work of art. You’ll understand why this iconic room, which was first conceived in a mansion in London before Freer purchased all of its contents in 1904 and moved them into his own home, has been hailed as “a harmony of blue and gold.”