Harvard Art Museums

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Harvard Art Museums
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums) all under one roof. Masterpieces among our more than a quarter million works include works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keefe, and Jackson Pollock; contemporary works by internationally recognized artists such as Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, and Kerry James Marshall; and an array of remarkable objects from ancient cultures in the Mediterranean, Near East, and Far East. Our special exhibitions give us the chance to showcase an even wider range of works spanning diverse media, genres, and eras.
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djstatick
Lakewood, WA350 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The collections here are beyond impressive. They have incredible works from some of the most well-known artists in the world, and the pieces are all still in amazing condition. I was blown away to see what they had... and I’ve been to some of the premier museums in multiple, major cities. You almost need multiple trips to take it all in. Definitely make a point of stopping by here.
Written February 15, 2020
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Jim Dorman
Weymouth, MA12 contributions
Feb 2020
I was so impressed by the great portraits and sculptures by so many great artists. It was very comfortable to move about the building and linger if I chose. No one minded if I took pictures. It was great, and it was free with my Mass Teacher's Association card. I would give it five stars, and probably shoud, but I like to leave room for improvement.
Written March 26, 2020
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edge46
Chatham, IL461 contributions
Jan 2020
I went with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The collection is fairly small but well-curated. I didn't visit their cafe and shop so can't comment on them. Not too crowded even on the cold day. Well worth the visit.
Written January 18, 2020
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Ted L
2 contributions
Sep 2021
For a university, it's a very good collection. What makes it somewhat unpleasant is the attitude of the staff. This was the only place I visited in the Boston area that demanded documentation of covid vaccination plus personal ID to prove it's not fake. In addition, they have few visitors but many guards who follow you around as though you're about to run off with some valuables. It was far more oppressive than what they do at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which beats this collection hands down.
Written October 8, 2021
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Ron S
New York City, NY4,986 contributions
Sep 2021
It's a very average collection. I expected it to be on par with other Ivy League universities. They have a decent collection of impressionists, a Rembrandt, a couple of Botticellis, but that's it. And their antiquities and medieval art exhibits are pretty mediocre. Both Yale and Princeton museums beat them hands down.
Written September 19, 2021
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Susan, Wales, UK
Swansea, UK5 contributions
Jan 2020
The art is beautiful and well worth a visit. However, my visit was somewhat marred by the "elderly black lady", yes her again, previously mentioned in another review. I was taking a photo of a painting and she told me to stand at least a foot away. I was a bit taken aback, as I was standing a good 3 feet away, at least. Later on, she reappeared and told me from across the room to put my shoulder bag at my side, It was across my body, towards my back. I looked at her with amazement, as there were at least 4 people in the room with large rucksacks! I felt like I was being told off like a badly behaved child, not a woman of 60 years of age! I have to say, she spoiled what should have been an enjoyable visit. A few days later, we visited the Museum of Fine Arts. What a difference. Smiling. helpful staff. Harvard Art Museum, please take note.
Written January 14, 2020
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Long-strange-journey
Washington, DC254 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
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 museums and could spend (and did spend) hours here browsing the collection that includes works by numerous notable artists (can I have Reginald Marsh’s “Manhattan Bridge,” please?), plus rooms filled with the decorative arts, which might be Sackler’s contribution. Absolutely wonderful.

The entry fee is reasonable at $15 for adults (as of this writing). Discounted rates are offered to seniors, students, and children, and Massachusetts residents can see the museum for free if you get these between the specified Saturday hours (as of this writing; check the website). There is a small cafe and gift shop in the museum, and if arriving by car, you might find free parking at the Broadway Garage on Felton (get your parking validated at the museum). There are also paid public spots on the street.

I will absolutely go again!
Written June 10, 2018
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PubliusSyrus
New York City, NY22 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
The treasures here are well worth visiting. The guards are jumpier than any I've seen. I sat on a bench to rest and took a bottle from my purse to take a sip, with no art works within 15 feet, and a guard down the hall yelled "No water!" Later, I was looking at an interesting portrait of a Native American, and a guard yelled across the room at me not to get too close to the paintings. This was after I had been there two hours. It shook me up so much that I headed for the door. I've visited museums all over the world without ever having damaged anything or getting yelled at in this fashion. It seemed pretty heavy-handed.
Written July 14, 2018
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Ricky_Tan_2012
Gainesville, Florida, United States3 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
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.
Written May 31, 2018
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Henrietta P
London, UK69 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
I have a background in fine art. My children are used to galleries and how to behave around artwork. This makes them naturally curious. They were repeatedly chastised for getting 'too close' to the work and at one point my son was berated for 'touching the wall'.
Unless children can be encouraged and exposed to art like this, the will never learn to appreciate it. This museum had a duty to interact with, inspire and involve all it's visitors, not to forbid and exclude.
Written June 2, 2015
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