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Harvard Art Museums

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Address: 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-495-9400
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Description: The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions...
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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This is an impressive collection from many periods - really worth the visit. I enjoyed the section on top floor where there were small sections for students related to various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is an impressive collection from many periods - really worth the visit. I enjoyed the section on top floor where there were small sections for students related to various classes. For me it is a good way to demonstrate how art is related to its culture & time in history. It made me wish I had gone to Harvard.... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The inner courtyard is much brighter with natural light coming in from the ceiling. It was exciting to visit again, after 25 years. It has been totally transformed and now houses three art museums. Some visitors were criticizing the way the collections are grouped.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I've lived in the area for many year, but did not visit until they finished a grand renovation of the buildings. I went for a particularly featured show and afterward wondered into their permanent collect. This collection blew me away; a who's who including the likes of Monet, Pissaro, Pollack and more. If you enjoy fine are, don't miss this... More 

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Beautiful building, deep and broad selection of historical art. Even a beautiful Visitor Guide booklet that Edward Tufte would be proud of.

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Prather, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A visit to the Harvard Art Museums now includes, under one roof: the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums. For 6 years they have been closed for renovation until November of 2014, when they reopened, joined together under a Renzo Piano roof, with a collection of a 250,000 items. Each museum had focused on art from different areas... More 

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St. Louis MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Not to be missed. First of all, the building is tremendous, designed by architect Piano. The art is fantastic with a variety of all of the famous masters. If you're near Harvard, you must stop in.

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Chapel Hill, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

University art museums often are scattershot collections of art with a smattering of noteworthy pieces. Not so with the Harvard Art Museums - there is nary a dud in the collection. Among the first galleries is the one filled with the Maurice Wertheim collection. He had both the money and the guidance to purchase exquisite paintings from each of the... More 

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The art museums, all in one building, were recently renovated and re-installed; the result is wonderful. I'm giving it 5 stars because, although it's small, for its size this is a great museum. The curators have used some interesting techniques to get you to explore and appreciate. For example, sometimes they display together pieces from various time periods and various... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The Fogg Art Museum is a lovely space to get lost in for a couple of hours. I thought that the juxtaposion of modern pieces of sculpute alongside classical pieces made for interesting conversation. The museum's Egyptian collection was particularly lovely as was the rooms filled with contemporary art. I will be back when next I visit Cambridge.

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Richmond, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The newly remodeled Fogg Museum assimilating art from three major collections, Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur Sackler, into a single building is not to be missed. The Harvard Museums prides itself on quality. The collections represented by each of these three benefactors which are assembled around a large central courtyard are exceptionally well curated. The museum contains works of art from... More 

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Address: Address: 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-495-9400
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge

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