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Unmatched Artistic, Historical, and Natural Collections

Some of the world’s leading art institutions are right here at Harvard. The Harvard Art Museums consist of three renowned art museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). These world-class institutions are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff.  For more than a century, they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals, and they are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in this country.

In addition, these collections are still in active use for Harvard’s teaching and research. Faculty members at Harvard may use items from the museum collections - such as bones, a manuscript, or an artifact - and use it in their research and classroom teaching. Similarly, Harvard College students may also employ such objects for their research.

We invite you to explore a collection of approximately 250,000 objects in all media across a wide range of time periods, featuring works originating in Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is a consortium of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences museums. HMSC comprises the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. HMSC’s mission is to foster curiosity and a spirit of discovery in visitors of all ages, enhancing public understanding of and appreciation for the natural world, science and human cultures. 

These public museums are windows into the extraordinary collections and research at Harvard University. Together the HMSC’s affiliated research museums safeguard some 28.5 million specimens and artifacts, making Harvard’s collections among the largest in the world.  The university’s most-visited public museums, the HMSC welcomed more than a quarter million visitors from all 50 states and 129 countries last year.

HMSC affiliated Harvard research museums

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