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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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Amazing variety of fine art and artifacts under one roof. The presentation and documentation of objects is impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing variety of fine art and artifacts under one roof. The presentation and documentation of objects is impressive.

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Castaic, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a warm afternoon and a bit humid so this visit was worth every penny. The museum had a lot to cover our thirst for art and architecture. I would recommend a visit here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The new extension has brought all of Harvard's art collections under one very expansive roof. The collection is very diverse, ranging from a fantastic collection of ancient Chinese bronzes and jades to Colonial American painting to the Impressionists and modern art. Everything is beautifully displayed. I was also very intrigued and impressed by the informative labels that accompanied each artwork.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are priceless treasures here and it's worth a visit. But, like most university museums, the collection is composed of whatever dead alumni had amassed, not a planned collection with a theme or purpose. (And the spoils of the archeology department's plundered before that was frowned upon.) The renovation is quite successful, it's nice space.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fogg Museum is exquisite. It is a bit of a hodgepodge, but your patience will be amply rewarded. There are many pieces that you will not have seen in traveling shows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful in any way, the new Museum is really impressive in design, and the collections are so eclectic and rich. Not to miss this modern museum

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here with a museum member who told me that the Museum was actually a conglomeration of at least three other museums, including the Fogg. As others have noted, there really is no rhyme or reason to the galleries. One minute you're in the mid-19th Century in Europe, the next, you're looking at Etruscan pottery. I think they arranged the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Houses three museums in one and the art collection is superb. Problem is, the exhibition does not follow a team or periods, so one moves from German expressionists to the Asian art next door. The layout could be more logical and organised. Lovely and impressive building with great courtyard with small coffee with tasty snacks. Boring shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

When I was a student, the Fogg Art Museum was one of my favorite places at Harvard. Masterpieces without crowds, a great intimacy and first-rate paintings and sculpture. Also a wide eclectic collection. Whatever you felt like studying, the Fogg had something to offer. Another favorite place was the Busch-Reisinger museum, which had an unparalleled collection of German art, both... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

On the positive side, this art gallery has a broad range of work. For that reason, it's interesting and worth a visit. It is not large, so if you like getting lost in a world class art gallery for a day, this isn't going to tick all of your boxes. The upside is that you don't get disappointed from a... More 

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