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“A fascinationg collection of paintings.”

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, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are an art lover this is a must visit. Painting from all the great painters of History are there. Good collection of chinese artifact and Indian idols.

Thank Arnab R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collection of the Harvard Art Museum is not too big to make you feel the pressure of immensity. The size of the museum is good enough for a brief visit and the collection is as well impressive. Highly recommend to come by if you plan for a Harvard tour.

Thank Chung-jen C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was only $15 to get in. I wasn't sure what to expect at that price, but they've got a lot of really interesting things. Art, sculpture, ancient artifacts, there's something for everyone here. One of my favorite things was a lovely big grandfather clock from the 1700's that is still keeping time. It was fun to hear it chime the hour. This museum is definitely worth checking out!

Thank Stephanie S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Head over to Quincy Street and stop in at the Harvard art museums for I half an hour or an afternoon. Very good, world-class collections of many periods of fine arts. The Asian collection is my favorite, and special exhibits change every few months. Free to Cambridge residence, and a modest fee for others. A great gift shop and very nice café. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in at the Fogg Art Museum for a brief visit and stayed all afternoon. The three floors of art covered a number of periods and styles, all very tastefully arranged. Security personnel were also well-versed in what was displayed, which was an interesting plus.

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