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Harvard Art Museums

485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-9400
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Ranked #24 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
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... more » 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. « less
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Harvard Art Museums change all the time. Your impressions depend on your tastes. If you google them, you'll surely find some to attract you.

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Doha
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Can't wait for the museum to re-open. The new galleries are spectacular ! There are several stories (glass and steel) built onto the original structure - but these are invisible from the gateway of Harvard Yard.

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Melrose, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Even with the ongoing construction of the new museum, there are some great exhibits on view. Since the building is small, you can see everything that you want and not feel overwhelmed. The floors are divided by types of art so you can limit your visit to exactly what your interests are or explore the whole place. In the new... More

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Falls Church VA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Since the museums are being renovated, one can visit only the Sackler. It was interesting but I could have happily skipped the first floor modern exhibit.

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Connecticut
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62 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We've been to all of the galleries in the past, but we went to the Sackler last week. Lovely museum, but the arrangement of some of the holdings, especially in the teaching gallery, is a bit quirky. While the curator was trying to connect things from various time periods and places to make a point, I tend to prefer a... More

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New York, New York, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I had just one hour available and it was just the right size for that amount of time.

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billskis
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Some of the best collections in the USA. You can spend a day in them. Don't forget the Busch museum.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012 via mobile

The collection is very small (lots of construction going on) but was still $9 to see some interesting but sparse pieces. I don't think I'd have minded this so much if it wasn't for the surly gallery staff who seemed offended that anyone would actually want to see the collection and so scowled at visitors and generally made the atmosphere... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

OK - so the museums are under construction, but even then, a bit of a dissapointment. With $ 22b in the bank, surely they can do better??

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

This is a great museum to visit - and re-visit. Massachusetts residents enjoy free admission on Saturdays from 10-12. The docent-led tours are great!

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