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Harvard Art Museums

Address: 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-495-9400
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Ranked #9 of 42 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the art museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and other visitors. 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 this country.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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123 reviews 123 reviews
20 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

If you have not been to the Fogg lately - go! Under its new name "Harvard Art Museums" and remodeled venue, the majestic art work amassed over centuries by the world's best endowed learning institution finally has a home commensurate to its import. Their impressionist paintings including, all time favorites like Cezanne, Monet, Gaugin, and of course Van Gogh are... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

One can never dispute the quality of the Harvard Art Museums' holdings--exceptional from ancient to modern, Asian to Italian and as rich in sculpture, drawings, ceramics and textiles as in paintings. It is hardly a 'university study collection' but represents instead a world-class museum where young people study. At the same time, it has always been distinguished by its accessibility,... More 

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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204 reviews 204 reviews
42 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This was an odd experience. I walked up a ramp leading to the museum, opened a door, which I noticed, after I got in, was clearly not a main entrance, walked past 2 museum personnel engaged in a private conversation, wandered 2 floors of galleries, encountering only one preoccupied guard, and then left by the door I came in without... More 

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Cambridge, MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

After a couple of years (at least) of remodeling, the Fogg Museum at Harvard has reopened. You don't have to be a Mark Rothko aficionado to love the new museum. It's free to Cambridge residents and Harvard affiliates and costs $15 for others, though if you are looking to cut costs check out the Website for free periods. Take advantage... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

As a prior visitor to the triad of Harvard Museums, I was as interested in the architectural renovation as the presentation of the collections. On both counts, the museum(s) are a home run. At first glance, the Renzo Piano transformation is a bit overwhelming. But after one considers the challenge and the subsequent results, the effort achieves outstanding results. And... More 

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Boston
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The new Harvard Art Museum is a 'must see' if you like art. The collection is fabulous and covers a broad range of artists, both geographically and over time (e.g. classical Greek, French and American impressionists, medieval European, Japanese, etc.). The Rothko's surprised me in their power. A lot of people have complained about how the building looks from the... More 

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Grafton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I went to the main building of the Harvard Art Museum, and was pleased with the exhibits. It is a mid-sized museum with a wide variety of artworks scattered throughout history, though with little contemporary art. The museum touches upon most parts of art history with great examples of all of those featured. Plan on two to three hours at... More 

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MA
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60 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Visited this newly refurbished and reopened museum recently. Interestingly varied collection for its size. Spent about four hours here touring the galleries. The Wertheim gallery is incredible, an amazing collection. On a logistics note, there is no museum parking and the Harvard Square lots and garages are not inexpensive, so try to take the T.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Was excited to see the fancy new Renzo Piano building combining the three separate museums and especially the Rothkos restored using digital light techniques. The art is magnificent. I had forgotten just how world class are the collections. So definitely wonderful to experience the art. The building however is another matter. It was not particularly busy when we arrived on... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Harvard Art Museums recently reopened after being under renovation for several years. The new building, artfully combining some of the old elements of the Fogg Museum and new design by Renzo Piano, is packed with art from very old to new. I loved reading all the explanations of the art on display. It is clear a lot of thought was... More 

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