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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
+1 617-495-9400
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This is actually one museum with several different galleries that they call museums. I bypasses all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Superb collection

First time visit for me and I was truly impressed. They have an awesome collection of art from all... read more

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The Harvard Art Museums house one of the largest and most renowned art collections in the United States, and are comprised of three museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums) and four research centers (the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Fogg Museum includes Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum, unique among North American museums, is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum is focused on Asian art, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern art, and Islamic and later Indian art. Together, the collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media. The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public. For more than a century they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in the United States. The Harvard Art Museums have a rich tradition of considering the history of objects as an integral part of the teaching and study of art history, focusing on conservation and preservation concerns as well as technical studies. The Harvard Art Museums’ 2014 renovation and expansion carried on the legacies of the three museums and united their remarkable collections under one roof for the first time. Renzo Piano Building Workshop preserved the Fogg Museum’s landmark 1927 facility, while transforming the space to accommodate 21st-century needs. The museums now feature 40 percent more gallery space, an expanded Art Study Center, conservation labs, and classrooms, and a striking glass roof that bridges the facility’s historic and contemporary architecture. The three constituent museums retain their distinct identities in the facility, yet their close proximity provides exciting opportunities to experience works of art in a broader context.
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32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
+1 617-495-9400

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is actually one museum with several different galleries that they call museums. I bypasses all the ancient artwork as I have seen tons of it all over the world. There was one special gallery which was donated by an alum that was full of...More

1  Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time visit for me and I was truly impressed. They have an awesome collection of art from all genre. Definitely worth the modest price of admission. I enjoyed the visit at least as much as I did the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.

1  Thank TennesseeChemist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my Favorite museums in the world. A small museum with excellent representations of eqach Period of art in each room and area.

Thank Thomas L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can get a good coffee in the atrium here without buying a ticket if you fancy a bit of peace and quiet. Nice shop with quality gifts. good toilets

Thank timm586
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Several years ago the three Harvard Art Museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur Sackler) museums were joined together with a courtyard and glass roof. This brings together in one place a rather eclectic art experience. There is strength in the Asian and Germanic collections. There is...More

1  Thank L9393NIrobertm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is actually three museums in one. They contain a treasure trove of art. The collections have all the genres and represents all the geographic areas. This museum should be enjoyed at your own pace. It is not overwhelming like the Met, but it...More

1  Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Student you are visiting has a class? No problem. Steps from the Yard are the Harvard Art Museum, in particular the Fogg, good for a visit of an hour or more. Its permanent collection is an engrossing survey. And atrium good for a snack or...More

Thank Sam&Peggy
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is my go-to museum to take visitors, with an airy and light atmosphere. It's right on Harvard campus, has wonderful collections consolidated from previous 3 museums. It is a nice size so that visitors do not get overwhelmed or exhausted. Parking is limited although...More

2  Thank Lin C
Reviewed 4 September 2017

They enlarged the buildings of this museum a few years ago, but it's still quite small compared with other major art institutions. Not a bad thing - you can negotiate the whole place without getting overly fatigued, and almost everything on display is of stunning...More

2  Thank Basiluzzo
Reviewed 3 September 2017

The collections at the Harvard Art Museums contain a high density of top-notch pieces. Start at the top and work your way down. At the top you can enjoy the architecture and layout of the building. One floor down, and you get glimpses of the...More

2  Thank MidoriKi
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7 April 2017|
Response from daronmanoogian | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. Our admission fees are as follows: $15 Adults $13 Seniors (65+) $10 Non-Harvard students (18+) Free Harvard faculty, students, and staff (plus one guest) Free Youth under 18 Free Cambridge... More
10 March 2017|
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Response from daronmanoogian | Property representative |
Thank you so much for your question. The Harvard Art Museums are a wonderful destination for a group of senior citizens. The museums are accessible for visitors using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. We also offer... More