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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
+1 617-495-9400
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Fantastic museum!

I didn't know how much I would enjoy the museum. I like that it wasn't as large as other museums... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Antonella D
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Great architecture. Multifaceted collection.

Beautiful building. Great breath to the collection. 3 stories of exhibits. $15 general... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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

I didn't know how much I would enjoy the museum. I like that it wasn't as large as other museums-- more manageable, but we were still there for 3 hrs! Wonderful collection that is superbly curated. Excellent and through description for each piece. I can't...More

Thank Antonella D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building. Great breath to the collection. 3 stories of exhibits. $15 general admittance. Cafe on ground level for quick bite.

Thank chitownsam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A step beyond Harvard Yard is a contemplative and extraordinary collection of art waiting for any Cambridge visitor. From BCE to contemporary, the opportunity to peruse a variety of art forms in a perfectly designed setting should attract any person interested in art. On two...More

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic architecture, hidden gem. Once inside the treasures continue to unfold, one after another. Modern, contemporary, medieval,Islamic, Asian. Chagall, Leger, Inges, Marc, Copley, Homer, Greek, Roman, Meleager, Revere, Rembrant, Reubens, Ai Weiwei, Johns, Pollack, Beckmann, Munch, Calder, a beautiful mobile by living artist Carlos Amorales....More

1  Thank BlownAway2017
Reviewed 14 July 2017

what a grand collection in a glorious classical building, complemented by Renzo Piano's stunning addition. The signage associated with the works is well written with just the right information. This is well worth a visit for Boston visitors to include right up there with MFA...More

Thank doodle1957
Reviewed 8 July 2017

The breadth and depth of the collection is extensive. Modern, ancient, US, world... It took multiple hours and was well worth it.

1  Thank mjacobs
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

More than a gallery.contained art collection depicting several time line. Favorites include the Egypt area, Asian which is called Far Easy or East..be ready to get lost in time...

1  Thank Uchi O
Reviewed 27 June 2017

I knew the Fogg had some great art, but in the first 20 minutes we saw more classic paintings that were in all my art history textbooks than I've ever seen in one spot. The architecture of the building is also interesting, which makes it...More

1  Thank Charlie S
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

At this time there was Bernard Berenson's exquisite collection of Persian manuscript paintings. These had come over from Italy to be photographed (i.e. digitized) and were displayed to the public for the first time, before being rebound into their original books, returned and put away....More

Thank debrigard
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We recently visited the Harvard Art Museum as part of our stay in Cambridge and we loved it! Although not completely child-friendly, we were able to enjoy our visit with two four-year-old girls. The building is about five stories with three stories for exhibits and...More

Thank Sharon O
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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
9 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

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