Shameful as it is, I’ve lived in DC for almost 4 years now and there are still quite a few museums I haven’t set foot in. I’m trying to change that slowly but surely, because there really is no excuse for not taking advantage of having (free!) access to so much art and culture.
Winter has been great for checking museums off my list. There aren’t as many tourists which makes meandering through the exhibits much more enjoyable. You can actually linger at the pieces that catch your eye without getting pushed along in the herd. A few weeks ago I had gotten a press release from the Freer | Sackler Museums of Asian Art and decided to visit this weekend.
Within seconds of stepping inside I was pulling out my camera to snap a picture of the gorgeous ornate ceiling and chandelier. Next a hand painted screen which reminded me of Gracie wallpaper caught my eye.The real star of the Freer Gallery–and I think most who have visited will agree–is The Peacock Room.
This jewel box of a room is pure opulence and excess. From the giant gilt peacock mural which covers one wall, to the intricately carved shelves, to the fretwork door and feathered ceiling, no surface is without adornment. For more photos and to read about The Peacock Room’s history visit the Smithsonian’s website–it really is fascinating!
After visual overload in The Peacock Room I headed home, but not before snapping a picture of the awesome astrological light fixture which hangs outside. I’d love to find something similar, I’m obsessed with all things celestial these days!
Anyone else fall into the trap of taking your city for granted? I’m definitely planning to get out and play tourist more often.