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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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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...

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 July 17, 2016 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 July 15, 2016

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 July 13, 2016

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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