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Seeing a Donor’s Vision

Cognoscenti of Asian art as well as tourists to the National Mall will find joy, knowledge and instruction in the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Smithsonian: Still in Shambles

Overall, the new galleries in the Smithsonian Museum of American History are as bulging and confusing as their older counterparts elsewhere in the building. Americans, many of whom know little about their country’s history, will be no better enlightened, educated, or inspired than they were before.

Too Cool in the Capital

The National Portrait Gallery does best when it focuses on high-caliber artists, rather then pandering to its visitors with exhibitions that attempt to be “cool.” Elsewhere in the capital, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission continues to lurch along.