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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 84 things to do 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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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

My son thought - what could a college museum have? Well, a room full of Monets and other great impressionists, for one. Its not a big place, but the collection is quite outstanding and diverse - western painting and sculpture Medieval to recent; Islamic, Japanese and Chinese art and artifacts, and Colonial US. portraits (You'll recognize George). There's a set... More 

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Wilmington, DE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

My wife who is an Art Conservator, recommended I visit the Fogg and the other Harvard museums while I was in Cambridge with her. I did not know much. I came away really impressed with the collection at these museums. While not a huge collection nor a huge museum it was "intimate" and the displays were really well done. ...... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

All new spaces for the art of the centuries. New exhibit space and reorganized presentation of the art work. Check to see what days are free for the general public, but if you are a Cambridge resident it is free.

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Boston
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Harvard art museums have been united in a new building, and the results are fantastic. Much more light and space, with a very nice flow, and they are employing the new techniques and styles of presentation that make museums so much more enjoyable than they used to be. For example, some objects are grouped with contrasting things -- different... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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58 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The art museums just reopened and they've been joined into 1 large building. They have some exceptional pieces on display. The layout is very odd. On each floor you go from European Art to Islamic Art to Japanese Art to Modern Art from room to room. If you think of taking 4 distinct museums, joining them but then making it... More 

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Marblehead, MA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Harvard has consolidated three museums, the Fogg, the Sackler and the Busch-Reisinger , under one very stunning glass roof. The gathered collections are impressive. The Wertheim collection of Impressionistic and Post-Impressionistic paintings is outstanding.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

While I didn't pay admission because my friend is a member of an affiliated museum group, I would say that whatever you end up paying will be worth it. This is a perfectly fantastic thing to do when you visit Cambridge and Harvard University. The collection is fantastic, I particularly enjoyed the Monets and other Impressionists; but the new building... More 

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Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The building is called "museums" because the University combined three museums. I went there with a group of 15 and all of us were blown away by the new building, the depth of the collection, and the range of art. Although we did not ask, we heard that anyone can request a personal viewing of individual pieces in one of... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Some reviewers have rightly lamented the passing of the more "hallowed" spaces of the Fogg & Busch Reisinger, but the new space provides a stronger sense of immediacy & access to the superb collection. Very few pieces are behind plexiglass, & the variety & quality are awesome without being overwhelming. A wonderful way to stimulate your brain, & a real... More 

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burlington, vt
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This is a world class art museum. I was in awe. Art lovers will not be disappointed. Monet, Degas, Picasso, Pollack, Munch, O'Keefe, Matisse. And many more. It is a beautiful new space.

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