The Freer and Sackler Galleries have a long tradition of using scientific methods to study works of art. Scientific research at the Freer and Sackler safeguards the collections and contributes to the understanding of Asian and American art through research and publication, professional collaborations, and educational efforts. Primary areas involve research into a work’s physical nature to determine its provenance and the artist’s methods and materials, and the study of the collections to better understand objects and their deterioration.