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Harvard Art Museums

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Address: 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
Phone Number: +1 617-495-9400
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Discover the rich collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M....

Discover the rich collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, newly united in a state-of-the-art facility designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The renovation and expansion of the museums' landmark building on the Harvard University campus provides new spaces for research, teaching, and learning. During your visit, explore the expanded Collections Galleries featuring works from the ancient world to the present, and from the Americas, Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Asia. The University Galleries are programmed in consultation with Harvard faculty to support their coursework and are also a site for curatorial experimentation. The Special Exhibitions Gallery presents important new research on artists and artistic practice. The revitalized Calderwood Courtyard offers dramatic views within the building, as well as access to the museums' new amenities. Find a keepsake in the shop and enjoy a snack at Jenny's Cafe. Visit the Lightbox Gallery at the building's summit to use technology to explore the collections in new and imaginative ways. There you can also view work taking place in the labs of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. Attend a lecture or film, or make an appointment to visit the Art Study Center for a closer look at original works of art not currently on view in the galleries.

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We arrived during our week in Boston without a clue of what we might find here. We were just happy to be out of the rain... What a shock we were in for, as if we'd been slapped... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived during our week in Boston without a clue of what we might find here. We were just happy to be out of the rain... What a shock we were in for, as if we'd been slapped in the face with a whole Tuna. After paying - note, art is free in the U.K.- and putting our bags in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of teachers and I visited and really enjoyed our afternoon. The group of teachers and I who visited recently returned from a project in China. Hence, being able to see the Chinese brush-painting display and Ai Wei Wei's display was very moving for us. I highly recommend visiting the museum if in the Boston/Cambridge area. The only negative... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Manageable collection that is worth the visit, particularly if you don't like to be overwhelmed by an Art Museum that is too big. High-end stuff like Van Gogh and Monet. Not in huge quantities, but the real thing, with smaller sized crowds than you would get across the river at the MFA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad I was able to spend time at the Harvard Art Museums....wondeful collection ranging from Renaissance to European to American artists....very nice staff as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a colleague who was an art history major when at Harvard in the 70's. He took us to the museum to view the collection. I was blown away and only wish i had more time. It is well worth the trip! A beautiful building and when we were leaving the string quintet was about to begin. Make it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The HAMs has an eclectic collection of ancient to modern art. It contains various mediums as well. It is small enough that it can be seen in a half day visit. Yet one could easily spend more time If desired. The entire staff are pleasant and do not hesitate to interact with visitors. Finding parking space near the museum can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This terrific art museum is within walking distance of Harvard Square and across the street from Harvard Yard, also a lovely place for tourists to... well, tour. The museum is actually a combination of the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums and combines an excellent permanent collection - art from all over the world, from all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A perfect place to spend an afternoon looking at great art, enjoying the courtyard and having a light bite to eat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Right across Harvard university yard, the museum has a great place to visit with family and friends. There's a cafe on the first floor, which serves light snacks. They are have arts from all over the world(Asia, Europe. Africa, etc)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We have discovered some amazing paintings from very famous artists which were contributed to the museums, and just loved to taste the spirit by walking from room to room. It actually like a summary of the bug museum of arts, and if you are in Cambridge, and like art, do not miss this place! Go to the contemporaries exhibitions as... More 

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