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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804
+1 617-495-9400
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GandR

We haven’t been to the museum yet, but have enjoyed sitting in the atrium, drinking cardamom lattes... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
gretchenlegler
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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very nice afternoon

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

Reviewed 4 days ago
James W
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The revisions designed by Renzo Piano make a visit to the Fogg spectacular. Also, now under one roof are the extensive collection of the Fogg and that of the Busch Reisinger, which previously was hidden away in a church three blocks away...not that it wasn't...More

Thank Philip M
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

But only for MA residents/students. Otherwise, it's $12 to get in, however it connects to the Natural History Museum, so you get 2 for the price of one. They have an Innuit/Tlingit art section that is really cool.

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daronmanoogian, Public Relations Manager at Harvard Art Museums, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thanks Elizabeth, but you have us confused with our campus neighbor museum, the Peabody Museum of Archeology. I hope that you also will visit the Harvard Art Museums!

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

This is essential viewing if art is your thing. Beautifully designed, and the most perfect use of space, there’s art for all of the highest calibre. Only $15 to view, well thought out lockers and rest rooms on every floor. The perfect way to spend...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

This art museum is world class. Though the renovation seemed to take 10 years, the results are good.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

This museum was such a surprise it’s hard not to say anyone who is remotely near the Harvard Campus must stop here. The private collections here are truly mind blowing and for the low price of $15 for entry it’s hard not to stop in....More

1  Thank Donna D
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I went for a tour of Harvard campus and since I was there I decided to check out the museum. It is as good as most large city museum's of art. It has an amazing collection of Picaso's Monet's, and my favourite artists Miro and...More

1  Thank Roland I
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maynardcharron
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Response from daronmanoogian | Property representative |
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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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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