Harvard Art Museum

Mon.–Sat., 10 am–5 pm; Sun., 1 pm–5 pm
Closed on national holidays
General Information: 617-495-9400

The Harvard Art Museum is one of the world’s leading arts institutions, comprising three museums (Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum) and four research centers (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, Harvard Art Museum Archives, Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, Turkey). The Harvard Art Museum is distinguished by the range and depth of its collection, its groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of its staff. The collection consists of more than 260,000 objects in all media, ranges in date from antiquity to the present, and comes from Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. As an integral part of Harvard and the community, the three art museums and four research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and visitors. For more than a century, the Harvard Art Museum has been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and scholars and is renowned for its seminal role in the development of the discipline of art history in this country.

In June 2008, the Harvard Art Museum's building at 32 Quincy Street, formerly the home of the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger Museums, closed for a major renovation. During this renovation, the Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway remains open and has been reinstalled with some of the finest works representing the collections of all three museums. When complete, the renovated historic building on Quincy Street will unite the three museums in a single state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano.

Students are invited to join as Student Members of the Harvard Art Museum. Student Members receive invitations to members-only events, the calendar of exhibitions and programs, and monthly e-mail newsletters, discounted tickets to lectures, seminars, and concerts, as well as a discount in the Art Museum’s shop and on Art Museum publications. Student Members also enjoy special tours, an annual black-tie gala with the director, and other programs and special offers specifically for Members. Annual membership is $45. Please call 617-495-4544 for more information.

The Harvard Art Museum Undergraduate Connection runs social events open to all undergraduates that feature free food and entertainment, as well as tours led by members of the Student Guide Program. All events and projects associated with the Undergraduate Connection are free, educational, and student organized and run. New members are always welcomed for a fun experience based around art. For more information about joining, as well as details about upcoming events: http://hcs.harvard.edu/ourhuam/; or email the organization’s president, Kaley Blackstock, at: klblacks@gmail.com.

Students are invited to apply to become volunteer members of the Harvard Art Museum Student Guide program. The Student Guide program is a select group of students who work closely with the Education Department at the Art Museum. Guides are trained for several months and give tours and informal gallery talks for their peers, as well as for alumni and other members of the Harvard community. The Student Guide program is not limited to art history concentrators; in fact, student guides are encouraged to share the unique perspectives that their different concentrations bring to looking at art. For more information, please contact the Art Museum’s Education Dept. at 617-495-0765.

Arthur M. Sackler Museum

485 Broadway

Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning British architect James Stirling and opened in 1985, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum has holdings of ancient, Asian, Islamic, and later Indian art. Among its treasures are the world's finest collections of archaic Chinese jades and Japanese surimono, as well as outstanding Chinese bronzes, ceremonial ancient weapons, and Buddhist cave-temple sculpture; Chinese and Korean ceramics; and Japanese woodblock prints, calligraphy, narrative paintings, and lacquer boxes. The Sackler Museum’s collection also contains exceptional holdings of works on paper from Mongol, Timurid, and Safavid Iran (14th–17th centuries), Ottoman Turkey (15th–19th centuries), and Rajput and Mughal India. The ancient art department has one of America's most important teaching collections of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern art, with significant holdings of Greek and Roman sculpture, Greek vases, and ancient coins.

In 2008, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum was reinstalled with works from the Harvard Art Museum's three museums—Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler—for a unique exhibition entitled Re-View. The survey of approximately 600 objects includes major and familiar works and features Western art from antiquity to the turn of the 20th century, Islamic and Asian art, and European and American art from 1900 to the present. Re-View is on long-term view at the Sackler Museum and provides a selected, ongoing display of the Harvard Art Museum’s collection while its building at 32 Quincy Street is closed for renovation.

accessWheelchair accessible.

Fogg Museum 32 Quincy Street (closed for renovation)

The Fogg Museum, which opened to the public in 1895, is Harvard's oldest art museum. Its collection consists of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, with particular strengths in Italian early Renaissance, British Pre-Raphaelite, and 19th-century French art, as well as 19th- and 20th-century American paintings. The Fogg’s Maurice Wertheim Collection is an important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works and contains many famous modern masterworks, including paintings and sculpture by Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, and van Gogh. Central to the Fogg Museum’s holdings is the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, a collection of more than 4,000 works of art. Bequeathed to Harvard in 1943, the collection continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the collections and legacy of the Harvard Art Museum, serving as a foundation for teaching, research, and professional training programs. The Winthrop Collection includes 19th-century masterpieces by Blake, Burne-Jones, David, Daumier, van Gogh, Homer, Ingres, Renoir, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sargent, and Whistler, as well as early Chinese art, from archaic jades to bronze ritual vessels, weapons, mirrors, bells, ornamental fittings, and Buddhist sculptures in stone and gilt bronze.

Busch-Reisinger Museum 32 Quincy Street (closed for renovation)

The Busch-Reisinger Museum is the only museum in America devoted to promoting the arts of Central and Northern Europe, with a special emphasis on the German-speaking countries. Founded in 1901 as the Germanic Museum, the museum relocated to Adolphus Busch Hall in 1921 and then to Werner Otto Hall at 32 Quincy Street in 1991. The Busch-Reisinger Museum has particularly important holdings of Austrian Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and material related to the Bauhaus. In addition, the Busch-Reisinger Museum has significant holdings of post-war and contemporary art from German-speaking Europe. The collection of unique and editioned artworks by artist Joseph Beuys is among the world's most comprehensive.

Adolphus Busch Hall at 29 Kirkland Street, the former home of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, presently houses plaster casts of medieval art, an exhibition on the history of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and a famous Flentrop pipe organ, used regularly for Harvard’s organ concert series. It is open to the public on the second Sunday of each month, from 1 pm to 5 pm.