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Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums
Location 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Type Art museum
Collection size over 250,000
Director Thomas W. Lentz
Owner Harvard University
Public transit access
Website .orgharvardartmuseums

The Harvard Art Museums is part of Harvard University and comprise three museums: the Fogg Museum (established in 1895[1]), the Busch-Reisinger Museum (established in 1903[1]), and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum (established in 1985[1]) and four research centers: the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis (founded in 1958[2]), the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art (founded in 2002),[3] the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies (founded in 1928[4]). The three museums that comprise the Harvard Art Museums were initially integrated into a single institution under the name Harvard University Art Museums in 1983. University was dropped from the institutional name in 2008.

The collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media, ranging in date from antiquity to the present and originating in Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.


  • Renovation and expansion 1
  • Directors 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5

Renovation and expansion

In 2008, the Harvard Art Museums' historic building at 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, closed for a major renovation and expansion project. During the beginning phases of this project, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway, Cambridge, displayed selected works from the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler museums from September 13, 2008 through June 1, 2013. The renovated building at 32 Quincy Street unites the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums in a single state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano, which increases gallery space by 40% and adds a glass, pyramidal roof.[5] The renovation adds six levels of galleries, classrooms, lecture halls, and new study areas providing access to parts of the 250,000-piece collection of the museums.[6] The new building was opened in November 2014.[7]



  1. ^ a b c "History". Harvard Art Museums. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Archaeological Exploration of Sardis". Harvard Art Museums. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art". Harvard Art Museums. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies". Harvard Art Museums. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  5. ^ "After 6 years, Harvard Art Museums reemerging". Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ "Renzo Piano reconfigures Harvard Art Museums around a grand courtyard atrium". Dezeen magazine. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  7. ^ Farago, Jason: "Renzo Piano reboot of Harvard art museums largely triumphs", in The Guardian, 15 November 2014

Further reading

  • Manuel, Steven (13 December 2014). "Connected Dialogues: experiencing Harvard Art Museums". ArtsEditor. Retrieved 11 January 2015.  Review of the renovation

External links

  • Harvard Art Museums website

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