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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-495-9400
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Ranked #12 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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Bar Harbor, Maine
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

The collections are truly impressive and the newly renovated space is magnificent. A very manageable size museum for an afternoon (or more), easy to view a wide variety of works without traversing acres of galleries. Compact layout and effective displays allow the visitor to sample many eras and styles ("something for everyone"), with especially outstanding pieces from the 19th and... More 

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Acton, MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is an important museum with a marvelous collection in a newly-renovated space. There are so many wonderful works to see--and the top floor with the restoration lab is very cool. Don't miss the remarkably restored Rothkos on the top floor, as well. But--with all the talented lighting designers, why is the lighting in this grand museum so poor? Not... More 

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New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We visited the newly renovated and reopened Fogg Museum and were impressed with their holdings. The museum has a vast collection of paintings and artifacts.

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you're a fan of modern art, I highly recommend visiting the Harvard Museums, and the Fogg Museum in particular -- the contemporary art curator does a great job at ensuring a thought provoking experience. The Fogg is beautifully designed, with a large central open atrium that transitions from traditional to modern architecture as you move upwards. The collections may... More 

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ontario, canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This gallery is the combined collections of four or five collections, including Harvard's, that have been six years in the design and completion of. The works range in age and scope from ancient artifacts to very current, and they are organized thematically. They are all well documented with the intent of educating the viewer in easy terms and interesting ways.... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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111 reviews 111 reviews
25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Great light, instructive labels, and a nice joining of the formerly separate three Harvard museums. Worth a trip across the Charles to see Copley, Sargent and other treasures

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Bethlehem, PA
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14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Having lived in Boston for fifteen years, my wife and I got very tired of the politically correct, academic style of the Museum of Fine Arts. They didn't choose to display more than a tiny portion of their European paintings, especially the popular French nineteenth century paintings, keeping them in storage. Instead they educated us constantly with changing exhibitions and... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We recently attended the completely renovated Harvard Art Museums. They are now colocated in a vastly expanded building that used to be known as the Fogg Art Museum. The space now begins to do justice to the depth of the collection of global art Harvard owns, which is one of the world's largest. In fact even with this expanded and... More 

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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266 reviews 266 reviews
225 attraction reviews
472 helpful votes 472 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I have spent 2 enjoyable days being enraptured with the fine paintings and sculpture,I have seen at the Fogg Art Museum.It just reopened after being closed 6 years for renovation.I especially appreciated its fine collection of Italian paintings from the Late Medieval Period(paintings by Master of Camerino,Luca di Tomme,and Bernardo Daddi)up to the the 20th Century(paintings by Gino Severini)and fine... More 

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Reading, Massachusetts
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42 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Attended the free opening of the Harvard Art Museums. Had been reading about the six year renovation process of this museum in the Boston Globe for the past few weeks and was interested in seeing what the buzz was about. There was mostly praise for the renovations with a number of the articles that gave a cautionary review. We now... More 

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