Have you visited the Harvard Art Museums? There is always a new exhibition to explore, in addition to the amazing permanent collections. The Harvard Art Museums are open to the public seven days a week, and yet it feels like a hidden gem. If you haven’t been yet, you should plan a visit! We spent a weekend morning there recently, and had a lovely time.

Let’s go!

The central courtyard of the museum is a covered space bordered by the graceful archways of the museum. The first floor has a cafe, and tables in the courtyard are a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a book — in fact, you don’t have to pay or plan to visit the museum to pop into the courtyard for a bit!

We toured around the first floor galleries to look at some paintings. When the toddlers were starting to get antsy, we sent them with their dads to the wonderful nearby playground in Cambridge Common, and Natalie and I enjoyed the rest of the calm and quiet museum with only baby Remy’s company.

The Harvard Art Museums’ recent renovation brought the collections of the three individual museums — the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum — under one roof. Each of these three entities had its own history and mission, but now visitors are able to view and contrast the amazing collections of all three in one visit. A striking glass roof and elegant stone arches combine historic and contemporary architecture, and the renovations were done with sustainability and accessibility in mind.

There is something in the permanent collection for every interest! The Fogg Museum collection contains Western paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings extending from the Middle Ages to today. The Busch-Reisinger Museum collection was dedicated to art from central and Northern Europe, in particular German-speaking areas. Art from Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean has been the focus of the Sackler Museum collection. You can browse the collections here, and also note the rotating special exhibitions. There is always something new to see!

Gravity helped to shape the subtle color shifts in Morris Louis’ Blue Veil.
An atmospheric scene from Monet.
Colors, shapes, and shadows.
A stunning Cèzanne.
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Thanks for having us, Harvard Art Museums! We can’t wait to come back!

The museum is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm, and is free for students, Harvard ID holders, museum members, Cambridge residents, youth under 18, active-duty military, Teachers’ Association members, and SNAP or EBT beneficiaries. Adult tickets are $15, and seniors are $13, however all Massachusetts residents have free entry on Saturdays between 10am and noon. Details on entry here — we hope you visit soon!

This post is in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums, a very special place that we are excited to share with our readers.

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