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In 1920, the Freer House became the home of the Merrill-Palmer Institute. Today, the Freer House is the location for MPSI/WSU faculty offices and meeting room facilities. The Freer House is open periodically to the public for lectures, receptions, exhibits, and guided tours.
Generally, two events are held annually in the Spring and Fall. Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for Freer House members and students. More details regarding upcoming events are posted to this page as plans solidify. Please contact Rose Foster at or 313-664-2509 to be added to our Freer House contact list. 
Click HERE to take a virtual tour of the Main Hall of the Freer House! Our sincere thanks to John Boros and Flythroo for producing this 3D tour!

Past Events

Phebe Vandervort Goldstein: A Celebration of Life
January 11, 2020  Program

West Meets East: Charles L. Freer, Trailblazing Asian Art Collector
Helen Tomlinson, PhD, Author and Scholar
November 10, 2019  Flyer

Freer House and Garden Tours
May 19, 2019

Charles Lang Freer and his Adventures in Chinese Art Collecting
Daisy Yiyou Wang, PhD, The Robert N. Shapiro Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
December 2, 2018  Flyer

An Accidental Photographer in Korea: Portraits of a Lost Seoul at the Charles Lang Freer House
November 4, 2018  Flyer

Freer House Garden Revitalization Dedication
September 16, 2018  Program

Freer House Welcomes Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa
June 14, 2018

Symposium - Interconnections Through Art and Culture: American Museums and the Building of U.S.-Japan Relationships
June 12, 2018  Flyer

Artist in Resonance: Hiroko Lancour at the Charles Lang Freer House
November 4, 2017  Flyer

Michigan Historic Preservation Network 23rd Annual Fall Benefit
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Dr. Thomas W. Brunk
Citizen Award Recipient, John Douglas Peters
October 21, 2017  Program

From Traveler to Aesthete: Charles Lang Freer and Indian Art
Brinda Kumar, Assistant Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
June 4, 2017  Flyer

A Museum Rises: How Charles Lang Freer's Collection of American and Asian Art Landed on America's Mall
Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Cultural Historian
March 26, 2017  Flyer

Silent Windblown Shrines: Abbott Thayer and the American Landscape
Kevin Murphy, Senior Curator of American Art, Williams College Museum of Art
November 30, 2016  Flyer 

Charles Lang Freer and the Discovery of Korean Ceramics
Louise Cort, Curator of Ceramics, Freer | Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution
May 22, 2016  Flyer

Cultivating History: Revitalizing Freer's Detroit Garden
David Michener, PhD, Associate Curator, University of Michigan, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Fred Knight, Principal, K.C. Runciman Landscapes
James Viste, Owner, Edgewise Forge, LLC, Adjunct Faculty, College for Creative Studies
April 3, 2016  Flyer, Garden Project Brochure

The Merrill-Palmer School, 1918-1930: Its Origin in Context
Catherine Daligga, PhD, Independent Scholar and Activist
January 28, 2016  Flyer

Beneath the Surface: A Scientifc Investigation of Freer House's Original Decorative Paint Treatments
Cathy Selvius De Roo, PhD, Conservation Scientist, Detroit Institute of Arts
November 15, 2015  Flyer

Freer House Welcomes the Consul General of Japan at a Lecture in his Honor
The Introduction of Japanese Art to America: The Bostonians and Japan at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dr. Anne Nishimura Morse, William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
November 1, 2015  Flyer 

The Business of Asian Art: Yamanaka & Company and Charles Lang Freer
Yuriko Kuchiki, Author and Journalist
April 26, 2015  Flyer

The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920
Anna O. Marley, PhD, Curator of Historical American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
October 10, 2014  Flyer

James McNeill Whistler: A Case for Beauty
A PBS Arts Documentary produced by Karen Thoms
September 7, 2014  Flyer

In Attendance to the Realm: the Kano School of Painters in 17th Century Japan
Yukio Lippit, PhD, Professor, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
May 4, 2014  Flyer, Luncheon Program

2013 Freer House Lecture Series

Welcome Reception for the Consul General of Japan on the Occassion of Japan Culture Day 
The Legacy of Charles Lang Freer: Detroit and Japan
William Colburn, Director, Freer House
November 3, 2013  Program

A Thousand Graces: Freer's Pilgrimage to the Buddhist Cave Temples at Longmen
and his Collection of Chinese Art
David Hogge, Head of Archives,Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Daisy Yiyou Wang, PhD, curator of Chinese and East Asian Art,Peabody Essex Musem
October 20, 2013  Flyer

Heels over Head: Mr. Freer, Swami Vivekananda, and the Art of Yoga
Debra Diamond, Phd,Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
June 2 , 2013  Flyer

Harmony in Design: Freer House, the Detroit Club and the Architecture of Wilson Eyre, Jr
Jeffrey A. Cohen, PhD, Architectural Historian, Senior Lecturer and Chair, Growth of Cities Department,
Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA
March 10, 2013  Flyer

Lecture & Symposium - The Living Legacy of Charles Lang Freer: Detroit and Washington D.C. 
Points of Contact: Freer's Vision for American and Asian Art - Past, Present, and Future
Julian Raby, PhD, Director, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution
October 7, 2012  Flyer, Program

Painting with Pottery in the Peacock Room
Louise Allison Cort, Curator for Ceramics
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
April 1, 2012  Flyer

Whistler's Seriousness
Carole McNamara, Senior Curator of Western Art, 
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
October 23, 2011  Flyer

Freer and Whistler Through Music, Art and Letters
A benefit concert event announcing the Freer House "Whistler Gallery" Restoration Project. The remarkable relationship of the famous American artist, James McNeill Whistler, and the Detroit industrialist and art collector, Charles Lang Freer, will be the focus of this special concert event.
March 27, 2011  Flyer

Lasting Legacy: Charles Lang Freer's 1910 "Exhibition of Oriental and American Art" and the University of Michigan
Anna Wieck, PhD Candidate, History of Art, University of Michigan
Mei-Chen Pan, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
Sarah Conrad, PhD Candidate, American Culture, University of Michigan
January 30, 2011  Flyer

A Discerning Taste for Japanese Art—the Formation of Charles Lang Freer's Collection
Ann Yonemura, PhD, Senior Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
October 24, 2010  Flyer

A Celebration: New Freer House Roof and National Register of Historic Places Designation
October 8, 2010  Program 

Charles Lang Freer and Detroit's Pewabic Pottery
Thomas W. Brunk, PhD, Indepent Art and Architecture Historian
March 28, 2010  Flyer

Midwest Regional Conservation Guild's Spring 2010 Meeting
March 19, 2010  Newsletter

A Benefit Concert at Freer House
A recreation of the historic first concert held at the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. on February 7, 1924 by the Library of Congress. Chamber music of diverse composers performed by the Scarab Club String Quartet.
February 7, 2010  Flyer, Program

The Blue Room: Whistler's Peacock Room in Detroit
Linda Merrill, PhD, Visiting Professor of Art History, Emory University Whistler scholar, 
former Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian
October 25, 2009  Flyer

Charles Lang Freer and Egypt
Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
May 19, 2009  Flyer

Charles Lang Freer and Egypt
Dr. Ann C. Gunter, Professor, Northwestern University 
Former Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
May 3, 2009  Flyer

Pretty Women: Freer and Feminine Beauty
Dr. Kenneth John Myers, Curator of American Art and Head of the Department of American Art,
Detroit Institute of Arts
February 8, 2009  Flyer

Surface Beauty: American Art and Freer's Aesthetic Vision 
Lee Glazer, Ph.D., Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
November 9, 2008  FlyerPresentation   

Freer and the Detroit Institute of Arts 
Dr. Thomas Brunk, Historian and Authority on the Freer House  
November 11, 2007  Flyer
Anchor and Ornament: The Freer Gallery and the McMillan Plan for the National Mall
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas
April 29, 2007  Flyer 

Freer and Whistler: An "Amazing!" Friendship
Dr. Kenneth John Myers, Curator of American Art and Head of the Department of American Art, Detroit Institute of Art
February 11, 2007  Flyer 

Charles Lang Freer and the Arts & Crafts Movement in Detroit 
Dr. Thomas W. Brunk, Historian and Authority on the Freer House 
November 5, 2006  Flyer 

Charles Lang Freer: The Patron of Pewabic
Dr. Thomas W. Brunk, Historian and Authority on the Freer House
January 29, 2006  Flyer

Detroit: Freight Cars Before Automobiles
John Douglas Peters
November 10, 2005  Flyer

Freer House Interior Finishes
Steven Seebohm
October 27, 2004  Flyer

The Detroit Connection: James McNeill Whistler / Charles Lang Freer
Arnold Klein
May 15, 2004  Flyer

The House that Freer Built
Thomas W. Brunk, Architectural Historian and Freer Scholar
March 9, 1995  Flyer