Harvard Art Museums

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Given Harvard’s history and status, it stands to reason it has one of the country’s best university art collections, spanning some 250,000 pieces from Neolithic sculpture to 21st-century conceptual installations. For decades, however, many of these riches were hidden away in storage, and what was on display was divided into three separate spaces—the Fogg Museum, known for its European and American collections, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, with its focus on works from German-speaking countries, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, housing one of the most important Asian art collections in the West. Following a six-year expansion project, they're now united under one Renzo Piano–designed glass roof. The architect retained the Georgian Revival facade and serene courtyard of the 1927 Fogg, but opened up the interior of the upper levels with glass-walled arcades. Casual visitors can enter the light-suffused Calderwood Courtyard via the museum’s Prescott Street entrance without paying admission and linger over coffee at a café table before getting a free peek at contemporary installations on the lower level. At the back, a modern, cedar-clad extension has increased gallery space by 40 per cent, and a new third-floor gallery hosts special exhibitions.


Venue name: Harvard Art Museums
Address: 32 Quincy St

Cross street: at Broadway
Opening hours: Daily 10am–5pm
Transport: Red line to Harvard
Price: $15, seniors $13, students $10, Cambridge residents, Harvard students, faculty and staff free, children under 18 free
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