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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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Fascinating fusion of art & science!

The Harvard Murals were done by Mark Rothko for the penthouse dining room of Holyoke Center in the 60s. Unfortunately, the light/UV coming though the windows damaged the paintings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

The Harvard Murals were done by Mark Rothko for the penthouse dining room of Holyoke Center in the 60s. Unfortunately, the light/UV coming though the windows damaged the paintings and they were put into storage after only a few years. Now, conservationists have figured out a way to show us the original colors of the paintings by shining a combination... More 

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st. paul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We visit our son at a Boston college and have been waiting for the Fogg Museum to re-open. Finally we were able to visit and it was so worth the wait. Excellent selection of artifacts and art. So many pieces from the 3 museums put together in one building. Loved the variety-Copley, Degas, Monet, Rodin, Boticelli, Burne-Jones, and on and... More 

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I have heard of the Fogg museum but never thought about visiting; my daughter treated me and it was a wonderful experience. We walked through the museum in under 2 hours and felt we captured the main pieces and exhibits. Part of the reason for the recent visit was the World's Fair exhibit; this was the most underwhelming least interesting... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

If you have never done acid or had a major psychotic episode and want to see what green/turquoise looks like, then take the time to find the VanGough self portrait at the Fogg. I'm not kidding, it is really mind blowing. There's also some other really beautiful and important art. Enjoy.

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fairfield county
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

It was hard to believe that the collection was owned by a university and not a major city. IT is all beautifully displayed in inviting new galleries. The atrium is a soaring space that sets the tone for the entire building. IT is worth the visit to enjoy the architecture, let alone the collection. I enjoyed the descriptions provided for... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I'll have to preface my review with this disclaimer - I am not an art connoisseur, I can really only name the famous artists and maybe a few lesser known folks. That said, I enjoy wondering around art museums, be it at home or abroad, and just enjoying the skill, talent, and variety that we are capable of mustering up... More 

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Concord, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The newly refurbished Harvard Art Museum has some good things to offer. What they did with the building is very nice, combining the classic look in the front with a more modern structure behind. This museum combines two other museums, the Sackler and the Busch-Reisinger, with the Fogg(originally housed there). Unfortunately, it sort of looks that way in the galleries.... More 

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Museum lovers will enjoy yet another great collection. It's like suddenly running into old friends at every turn. We especially liked the impressionists and moderns and were happy in getting our fix so much that we saved the older works on the 2nd & 3rd floor for a future visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We wanted a break from college touring and the Harvard Art Museums was the perfect antidote. My wife is an architect so we wanted to see Renzo Piano's work. It's also next door to the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Le Corbusier's only US building. The art is well displayed and offers something for everyone. It was definitely worth... More 

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Barrington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Of course Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is unparalleled, but Harvard's newest art museum--a stunning architectural and arts combination of their three most extraordinary museums--the Fogg, Busch-Reisenger & Sackler--is breathtaking. The collections are imaginatively curated to enhance the experience of art and sculpture across centuries, civilizations and styles. This should be at the top of anyone's top 5 Boston destinations.

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