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“Free for Cambridge Residents”

Harvard Art Museums
Ranked #2 of 88 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage
Reviewed May 24, 2018

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 Cambridge residents!

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Reviewed May 19, 2018 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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Reviewed May 18, 2018

This a is a very nice 2 hour diversion from the rest of Cambridge, right in the middle of the Harvard world.

Thank James W
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

It is the best museum in Boston, not just because of amazing collection, but because the curator knows how to put paintings together. I think, this person is a great artist on his or her own. Monet between two Whistler's paintings will impress anybody, who loves art museums. None of space is overflowing with paintings, all paintings compliment each other. Annotations are abundant and written very well. As a bonus, the staircase is a piece of art on its own:)

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Reviewed April 25, 2018

This was our second time at the HAMs. The new exhibition of Post-War German visual art gave new insights to the repression and concerns of artists in Nazi Germany. We particularly liked the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionist and Modern exhibits. Well worth a visit.

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