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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
+1 617-495-9400
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Very nice museum for a short visit

The collection of the Harvard Art Museum is not too big to make you feel the pressure of immensity... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chung-jen C
A nice afternoon

It was only $15 to get in. I wasn't sure what to expect at that price, but they've got a lot of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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The Harvard Art Museums house one of the largest and most renowned art collections in the United States, and are comprised of three museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums) and four research centers (the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Fogg Museum includes Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum, unique among North American museums, is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum is focused on Asian art, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern art, and Islamic and later Indian art. Together, the collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media. The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public. 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 the United States. The Harvard Art Museums have a rich tradition of considering the history of objects as an integral part of the teaching and study of art history, focusing on conservation and preservation concerns as well as technical studies. The Harvard Art Museums’ 2014 renovation and expansion carried on the legacies of the three museums and united their remarkable collections under one roof for the first time. Renzo Piano Building Workshop preserved the Fogg Museum’s landmark 1927 facility, while transforming the space to accommodate 21st-century needs. The museums now feature 40 percent more gallery space, an expanded Art Study Center, conservation labs, and classrooms, and a striking glass roof that bridges the facility’s historic and contemporary architecture. The three constituent museums retain their distinct identities in the facility, yet their close proximity provides exciting opportunities to experience works of art in a broader context.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The collection of the Harvard Art Museum is not too big to make you feel the pressure of immensity. The size of the museum is good enough for a brief visit and the collection is as well impressive. Highly recommend to come by if you...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was only $15 to get in. I wasn't sure what to expect at that price, but they've got a lot of really interesting things. Art, sculpture, ancient artifacts, there's something for everyone here. One of my favorite things was a lovely big grandfather clock...More

1  Thank Stephanie S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Head over to Quincy Street and stop in at the Harvard art museums for I half an hour or an afternoon. Very good, world-class collections of many periods of fine arts. The Asian collection is my favorite, and special exhibits change every few months. Free...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Stopped in at the Fogg Art Museum for a brief visit and stayed all afternoon. The three floors of art covered a number of periods and styles, all very tastefully arranged. Security personnel were also well-versed in what was displayed, which was an interesting plus.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Come one, come all to the Harvard Art Museum. I was lucky enough to visit this museum on Sunday, May 27th and it was fabulous. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon after a delicious brunch at Friendly Toast. I love this museum because...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had gone to this museum thinking it’s a small university museum with a few notable pieces in the collection, that we could see in an hour or so. It’s quite the opposite - quite a large, impressive collection spanning three floors. I love art...More

3  Thank JSinDC
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Horrible experience. The most unprofessional crew we have ever encountered in the museum. Very disturbing and rude security whose name is Nelly. I hope the museum can look into this. Worst experience of a major museum ever.

2  Thank Ricky_Tan_2012
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If in the area, do not miss it. Better than some big city art museums not only for content, but for display.. You can also grab a nice snack there.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An impressive art collection easy to access in Cambridge. A totally renovated space with a café in the center court includes a sizable collection of Greco-Roman, medieval, French impressionist and post-impressionist (including van Gogh’s self-portrait to Gaugin, and Picasso’s Madonna) art. And it's free for...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We haven’t been to the museum yet, but have enjoyed sitting in the atrium, drinking cardamom lattes from Jenny’s café. A great place to be on a rainy spring day.

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maynardcharron
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Thanks for your question. Our admission fees are as follows: $15 Adults $13 Seniors (65+) $10 Non-Harvard students (18+) Free Harvard faculty, students, and staff (plus one guest) Free Youth under 18 Free Cambridge... More
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Thank you so much for your question. The Harvard Art Museums are a wonderful destination for a group of senior citizens. The museums are accessible for visitors using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. We also offer... More
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