The Harvard Art Museums, among the worldâ€™s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers (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 is dedicated to Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum focuses on works from central and northern Europe with a special emphasis on the art of German-speaking countries; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum is dedicated to Asian, ancient, 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 nationâ€™s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in this country.
In June 2008 the building at 32 Quincy Street, formerly the home of the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger museums, closed for a major renovation and expansion. Since the project began, the building that currently houses the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway has remained open, providing access to the collections of all three museums. In order for the Harvard Art Museums to conduct the final phases of the project, including the installation of the galleries in the new facility, the Sackler Museumâ€™s galleries will close at the end of regular hours on June 1, 2013. Offices, classrooms, and the lecture hall at 485 Broadway will remain open for staff, faculty, and students, and for events. When complete in the fall of 2014, 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.
See our calendar for a list of all events. A listing of current exhibitions can be found here.
Hours (through June 1, 2013): Tuesdayâ€“Saturday 10amâ€“5pm; closed on major holidays.
Admission (through June 1, 2013): Paid admission includes entrance to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, public tours, and gallery talks. General admission is $9; $7 for seniors 65 and over; and $6 for students with valid college ID. Admission is free for Harvard University students and affiliates, members of the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge Public Library cardholders, and visitors under 18 years of age. Massachusetts residents with valid ID are admitted free on Saturdays until noon. Special rates are available for groups. Groups of 8 and more must preregister. Call 617-496-8576 to schedule. Wheelchair accessible.