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October 01, 2006|By LORI SEARS

Freer at 100

It was the first of the Smithsonian Institution's art galleries. And this year it's celebrating its centennial. The Freer Gallery of Art presents a daylong celebration Saturday. The museum was founded in 1906 by Detroit railroad-car manufacturer Charles Lang Freer, who donated his Asian art collection to the Smithsonian Institution's regents and donated money for the building in which to house the art.

Today, the museum still houses an extensive collection of east Asian art. All day Saturday, visitors to the museum can take part in an Asian-themed 100th birthday celebration. The event, "From Sunrise to Moonrise," features tours of the gallery, Asian board games, a comedy show, mask-making activities, live music, yoga classes, sake-tastings, martial arts demonstrations, birthday cake and more.

Events run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington. Free. Call 202-633-1000 or go to

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