The Freer House is very excited to announce our first online program in partnership with the National Museum of Asian Art: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Our guest speaker and 'guide' will be Gretchen Welch, a long-time docent at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, with a deep interest in Egypt and Egyptian art. Ms. Welch has crafted a Freer and Egypt online 'tour,' as part of the National Museum of Asian Art's online tour program. This tour, created especially for Freer House members and the public, highlights the Detroit context of Freer's travels to Egypt and his remarkable collection of diverse Egyptian art and artifacts. Please join us for this unique trip to Egypt of the early 1900's, as seen through the eyes of Detroit's extraordinary world traveler and art collector, Charles Lang Freer.
Visiting Freer House
Please Note: The Freer House follows Wayne State University safety guidelines for the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, the interior of the house is not open to the public until further notice. Upcoming Freer House events are being held online. Located on the west side of the house, the Courtyard Garden remains open daily to the public. See the following information for visitation when normal activities return.
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!
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. Located on the west side of the house, the courtyard garden is open daily to the public.
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 email@example.com or 313-664-2509 to be added to our Freer House contact list.
Freer House Courtyard Garden, Spring 2021
Edo Avant Garde: Film Viewing and Special Live Discussion
Linda Hoaglund, Filmmaker
Yukio Lippit, PhD, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Katherine Kasdorf, PhD, Associate Curator, Arts of Asia and the Islamic World, DIA
Elliot Wilhelm, Curator of Film, Detroit Film Theater, DIA
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
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, 2013Flyer
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 , 2013Flyer
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, 2013Flyer
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
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, 2011Flyer
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, 2011Flyer
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, 2010Flyer
A Celebration: New Freer House Roof and National Register of Historic Places Designation
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, 2009Flyer
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, 2009Flyer
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, 2009Flyer
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, 2008Flyer, Presentation
Freer and the Detroit Institute of Arts
Dr. Thomas Brunk, Historian and Authority on the Freer House