Opened in 1985, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum holds world-renowned collections of Asian art, most notably, archaic Chinese jades and Japanese surimono, as well as outstanding Chinese bronzes, ceremonial weapons, Buddhist cave-temple sculptures, ceramics from China and Korea, Japanese works on paper, and lacquer boxes.
The ancient Mediterranean and Byzantine collections are comprised of signiﬁcant works in all media from Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East. Strengths include Greek vases, small bronzes, and coins from throughout the ancient Mediterranean world.
The museum also holds exceptional works on paper from Islamic lands and India, including paintings, drawings, calligraphy, and manuscript illustrations, with particular strength in Rajput art, as well as important Islamic ceramics from the 8th through 19th century.
Special Notice: The galleries of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums are currently closed for the ﬁnal phases of a renovation and expansion project. A new state-of-the-art Harvard Art Museums facility, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will unite the three museums under one roof, and will open to the public at our historic 32 Quincy Street location on November 16, 2014. Read more about the project, including an overview, timeline, and weekly updates, in our Renovation section. See the Visit page for information about access to the museums during the project.