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Harvard Art Museums

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Address: 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
Phone Number: +1 617-495-9400
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Discover the rich collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M....

Discover the rich collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, newly united in a state-of-the-art facility designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The renovation and expansion of the museums' landmark building on the Harvard University campus provides new spaces for research, teaching, and learning. During your visit, explore the expanded Collections Galleries featuring works from the ancient world to the present, and from the Americas, Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Asia. The University Galleries are programmed in consultation with Harvard faculty to support their coursework and are also a site for curatorial experimentation. The Special Exhibitions Gallery presents important new research on artists and artistic practice. The revitalized Calderwood Courtyard offers dramatic views within the building, as well as access to the museums' new amenities. Find a keepsake in the shop and enjoy a snack at Jenny's Cafe. Visit the Lightbox Gallery at the building's summit to use technology to explore the collections in new and imaginative ways. There you can also view work taking place in the labs of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. Attend a lecture or film, or make an appointment to visit the Art Study Center for a closer look at original works of art not currently on view in the galleries.

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A wonderful collection

As a student at Harvard, the Art Museum is one of my favorite places on campus. The lobby with its blend of glass panels and stone arches provides a wonderful reception for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As a student at Harvard, the Art Museum is one of my favorite places on campus. The lobby with its blend of glass panels and stone arches provides a wonderful reception for visitors that combines the present and the past. The staff always will help you find a specific painting or room, and they all seem to know a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Equalled only by Yale University Art Gallery, Harvard's was the first art museum in the world founded as a laboratory for research and teaching. Fabulous holdings in European, American, Asian, Islamic and Ancient art, it houses masterpieces like van Gogh's Self-Portrait painted for Gauguin and Max Beckmann's Self-portrait in Tuxedo it also boasts world class collections of prints and drawings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting the Harvard Art Museums last week. The collection of Renoir, Monet and Picasso you will find some interesting works to view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite being a frequent visitor to Boston area, I had not had a chance to visit this collection of art, right in the heart of Cambridge. Excellent impressionist pieces, great works by Picasso. Small but interesting South Asia collection- the 13th century brass Krishna is stunning. Display style understated and pleasing. Lighting ideal. Interesting makeover of the courtyard in contemporary... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Remarkable permanent collection with interesting curatorial choices create a surprising experience around each wall. Fabulous space. Lucky for Harvard students!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a large museum but the quality of the artworks is consistently excellent with classical European paintings, good sculptures from China and wonderful screens from Japan. No fillers here, just a good selection of art pieces. The museum has a nice feel to it, not overwhelming, nice scale.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I can't believe that this museums don't have lines to visit, I payed just $10 (student) to see Miró, Van Gogh, Picasso, Cézanne, Rodin...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I learned MUCH about professionally and expertly restoring precious paintings at the Fogg Art Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Beautifully done to hold all the art works together, making it simpler to see all the art in one place. Renovations were done by Piano, well know architect for museums, worth just seeing the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Apparently there was a five year renovation projects that added floors to the building. The result is an open central lobby, as well as more gallery space. The permanent collection is diverse and because the museum is relatively small one can get an enjoyable smattering of styles and movements. But be attentive to the special exhibits. When I was in... More 

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