United States

485 Broadway

Phone: 617-495-9400

Harvard Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum

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. 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.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (12)

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ongoing exhibition

Works from the Harvard Art Museum's three museums—the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum—will be shown together for the first time in a new exhibition, Re-View, opening on September 13, 2008. The Harvard Art Museum holds one of the country's preeminent art collections and Re-View reflects the diversity and richness of these holdings, including major and familiar works integral to the Museum's core mission of teaching and research. The survey features Western art from antiquity to the turn of the last century, Islamic and Asian art, and European and American art since 1900. With a varied sequence of groupings—some traditional and some surprising—the installation offers a new way of looking at the collection, which has historically been exhibited in separate facilities.

While the Art Museum's building at 32 Quincy Street (which formerly housed the Fogg Museum and Busch-Reisinger Museum) will close on June 30, 2008 for a major renovation and expansion project designed by architect Renzo Piano, Re-View will be on long-term view at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum to provide an ongoing display of the Art Museum's collection for students, scholars, and the public. The 32 Quincy Street renovation and expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2013 and will unite all three of the Harvard Art Museum's component museums in one facility.


General admission: $9.00
Senior citizens over 65: $7.00
College students with valid ID: $6.00

Harvard students & affiliates: Free
Members: Free
Cambridge Public Library card holders: Free
Under 18 years of age: Free

Paid admission includes entrance to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum and study room, the Fogg Museum and Agnes Mongan study room, public tours, and gallery talks.

Opening hours

Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Getting there

The Arthur M. Sackler Museum is located in Cambridge at 485 Broadway.

Take the T: Red Line to Harvard Square. The Museums are one block east from the Harvard Square MBTA subway stop.


The Art Museum shop is located in the Sackler lobby. They are open during museum hours. The shops offer reproductions of many of the images in the collection, catalogues, art books, and related merchandise. Paid admission to the Museums is not required to visit to the museum shops.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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On June 30, 2008, the Harvard Art Museum's building at 32 Quincy Street—the home of the Fogg Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum—closed to the public for a renovation project which is projected to last approximately five years. During the renovation, selected works from the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler collections will be on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway. However, the Sackler Museum will close for the month of July 2008 in order to complete the reinstallation. Some galleries in the Sackler will begin to open after August 1, and the complete installation will open on September 13, 2008.


To arrange group tours of the Art Museum, call 617-496-8576.

Group rates are available. All groups of 8 or more must schedule in advance in order to be admitted. Please call 617-496-8576.

Adults: $8.00
Senior citizens: $6.00
College students w/ ID: $4.00


General tours are included with admission.


All Members of the Harvard Art Museum receive these benefits:

Unlimited free admission to all three art museums and the Agnes B. Mongan Center for up-close viewing of prints, drawings, and photographs
Invitations to special events and members-only receptions, including fall and spring Exhibition Celebrations
Reduced rates on unique cultural experiences, including special lectures, seminars, concerts, day trips, and other events. 10% discount on purchases in Harvard Art Museum shops
Quarterly calendar of exhibitions, publications, and stimulating gallery talks and docent tours
Reciprocal Admission to Harvard's Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum
Personal Satisfaction in supporting the Harvard Art Museum, among the most vibrant cultural and teaching museums in the world

Individual $55*
Senior Citizen $45*
Student (with ID) $45*
Includes invitations to special Student Friends' events
Dual $75*
Member benefits for two

Venue hire

Set amidst the rich tradition of Harvard University, The Harvard Art Museum offers elegant settings for corporate events, wedding receptions, and other special occasions. Works of art in the Museum's vast collections may be enjoyed during your event. For more information, please call 617-495-1275.