United States

32 Quincy Street

Phone: 617-495-9400

Harvard Art Museum--Busch-Reisinger Museum

The Busch-Reisinger Museum is the only museum in America devoted to promoting the informed enjoyment and critical understanding of the arts of Central and Northern Europe, with a special emphasis on the German-speaking countries. Founded in 1901 as the Germanic Museum through the efforts of Kuno Francke, professor of German literature at Harvard, the Museum originally contained only reproductions, notably plaster casts of major Germanic, sculptural, and architectural monuments. Under the curatorship (1930-1968) of Charles L. Kuhn, the Museum developed into one of the leading collections of modern art from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and related cultures. The Museum was renamed the Busch-Reisinger Museum in 1950 in honor of the related St. Louis families which had contributed decisively to its support.
Today, the Museum has especially important holdings of Austrian Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and material related to the Bauhaus (including archives of Lyonel Feininger and Walter Gropius). In addition to notable collections of late Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque sculpture, 16th-century painting, and 18th-century porcelain, the Museum has recently focused on deepening its holdings of post-war and contemporary art from German-speaking Europe. The collection of unique and editioned artworks by the post-war artist Joseph Beuys is among the world's most comprehensive.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (8)

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Permanent Collection

The Busch-Reisinger Museum is devoted to the art of the German-speaking countries and related cultures of central and northern Europe. Its collections of German Expressionism, Vienna Secession art, 1920s abstraction, and works by Joseph Beuys rank among the finest in the United States.
The Museum has significant holdings of the work of artists associated with the Bauhaus, including the archives of the celebrated architect Walter Gropius.
It also houses important collections of late-medieval, Renaissance, and baroque sculpture, 16th-century paintings, and porcelain.

Opening hours

The Busch-Reisinger Museum is currently closed for a renovation project.

Getting there

The Fogg Museum is located in Cambridge at 32 Quincy Street and Broadway, next to Harvard Yard. The Busch-Reisinger Museum in Werner Otto Hall is located behind the Fogg Museum on Prescott Street, and is entered through a doorway on the second floor of the Fogg. The Arthur M. Sackler Museum is across the street from the Fogg 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 shops are located in the Fogg courtyard and 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.

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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.