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Harvard Art Museums

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Address: 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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+1 617-495-9400
10:00 - 17:00
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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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A well designed space - a phenomenal and eclectic collection -- only gripe is that there excellent descriptions should be a little larger -- take the Harvard stop on the red line... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A well designed space - a phenomenal and eclectic collection -- only gripe is that there excellent descriptions should be a little larger -- take the Harvard stop on the red line -- well worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A snowstorm prevented us from driving out to our planned concert venue, so we walked over to the museum instead and settled in for a cosy afternoon amid the art. This visit I can attest to the excellent accommodations in the basement for all of your wet and dripping coats, scarves, bags, etc. More importantly, the permanent collection never fails... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The HAM has an eclectic mix of works covering a wide variety of mediums, styles, artists and periods. Visitors can easily have an enjoyable hour or multiple hour visit. The museum is easily accessible by public transit. Metered street parking is available yet can be difficult to get.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The newly renovated Fogg is a great success. The collection is comprehensive and well presented. The number of outstanding examples of 19th century American painting is excetional, and their presentation with respect to each other is very well considered and executed. Nice cafe in the very imressive atrium. A place you could easily return to again and again.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a good museum to visit if you are planning to go to Cambridge, an amazing permanent collection, the original courtyard is worth to go.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The new Harvard Art Museums are a treasure in terms of both the breadth and the depth of the collection. Masterpieces from all over the world are on view. Surprises are in store for even the most seasoned museum-goer.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Harvard has successfully brought together three separate museums under one beautifully renovated roof. I hadn't been since the renovation, and was a little apprehensive as the former Fogg Art Museum was such a beautiful gem of a building. I needn't have worried. The new version has preserved the beauty of the inside courtyard, enhancing it with upper floors reminiscent of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to see the new (2014) addition by architect Renzo Piano, which I though was very successful, and extremely functional. I especially like the strategically places alcoves, which don't distract or bring unwanted light to the art, but offer these wonderful surprise views of the outdoors in the surroundings. Alas, the old "Fogg Museum Courtyard" has lost some of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really high quality art museum worth a visit. Good selection of art from a variety of eras, most European

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really adore this place. There's an enormous and beautiful range of pieces to see from all kinds of traditions. It's worth just taking your time to wander through all of the different rooms and find the little treasures that slowly reveal themselves: the Van Goghs on the ground level, the Islamic art on the floors above, the amazing antique... More 

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