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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
+1 617-495-9400
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Very rude, came out immediately after looking at one art piece

After visiting and taking great memories from Museum of Natural history in NewYork, we were excited... read more

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Harvard Art Museum

Decided to visit on our first day in Boston. It's the first time we've visited the museum even... read more

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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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32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After visiting and taking great memories from Museum of Natural history in NewYork, we were excited to visit art oriented museum here at Harvard. We went to cafe had some coffee and muffins. Started to enter the museum and saw the first painting, a black...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to visit on our first day in Boston. It's the first time we've visited the museum even though this is our third visit to Boston. Well worth visiting - some amazing art work and we saw some portraits and pictures that we have only...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful modern building and a fine collection (for a university). Among the highlights is a room full of impressionist paintings, and murals from the famed Magao Cave in China. The museum is also an escape from the hordes at Harvard Yard even though some of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great find in Cambridge. There are exhibits of native minerals, plants, and more. Prepare to spend at least 2 hours. See if there is a special display when you want to go.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great little museum. Just the right size to get through in a short time (short for art museums). Lots of recognizable artists even for those who don't have an art history background. We found the staff friendly and helpful when directing us to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best museums in Boston, where you are able to see lots of excellent works of art that you may not see in the rest of your life if you give up the chance. After you have paid a visit to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I expected to see good art, but I was blown away at the amount of great art in the museum. The educator who met with our group was very knowledgeable. The museum felt intimate and accessible at the same time that it felt world class.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This isn’t on the typical radar for Boston museums (this was my first visit here was this one, despite living in New England for 66 years). The organization of the museum is a little different. One really needs to walk through it all to appreciate...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to have all these collections under one roof. An intriguing, engaging, and educational journey through the connected galleries. Very well done. On the service front, the retail shop staff were brusk and unhelpful. The cafe staff were quite the opposite—very friendly and helpful. But,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Housed in an attractive facility with a lot of nearby amenities, for a small museum it has some very high quality work from well-known artists. Students get in free!

Thank Walter M
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maynardcharron
7 April 2017|
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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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59Traveler618
10 March 2017|
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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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