FAQs

FAQs

Visiting the New Harvard Art Museums

Q: When will the new Harvard Art Museums open?
A: The Harvard Art Museums—comprising the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum—will open their new facility, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, to the public on November 16, 2014.

Q: What are the public hours for the Harvard Art Museums?
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: Beginning November 16, 2014, public hours will be daily, 10am–5pm. The museums will be closed on major holidays.

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: What are the admission rates at the Harvard Art Museums?
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: Admission rates are as follows: Adults, $15; Seniors (65+), $13; Non-Harvard Students (18+), $10. The museums are free for youth under 18, members of the Harvard Art Museums, and Cambridge Public Library cardholders. Harvard University students, faculty, and staff receive free admission for themselves plus one guest. Massachusetts residents receive free admission on Saturdays, 10am–noon. Please check back as more details on admission, including information about group visits, become available.

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: Can I bring a large group to the Harvard Art Museums?
A: Yes; however, we ask that all group visits of eight or more people register in advance. Groups that pre-register will receive $1 off the admission rates. We will begin to accept reservations early this fall for group visits commencing in February 2015. Please note that we are unable to accept groups larger than 40 persons. Please check back as more details become available.

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: What are the public hours and admission rates for Adolphus Busch Hall at 29 Kirkland Street?
A: Beginning November 19, 2014, public hours for Adolphus Busch Hall will be Wednesdays, 1–5pm, and Saturdays, 10am–2pm. The adjacent garden is open during the summer months, Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm. The hall and garden are closed on major holidays. Admission to the hall and garden is free.

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: Can I rent spaces in the new Harvard Art Museums facility for my special event?
A: Please check our Facility Rentals section as more details become available.

Q: How can I plan a visit to the Art Study Center? 

A: The Harvard Art Museums are not scheduling appointments for the Art Study Center at this time. Please check our website as more details become available. Find out more about the Art Study Center and the distinct learning opportunities it offers for students, faculty, and the public in our Renovation section.

Q: What will be on view in the new Harvard Art Museums?
A: The new Harvard Art Museums offer expanded permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. They will be complemented by university galleries, programmed in consultation with faculty to support specific coursework. These university galleries, which are open to the public, can also be used for curatorial studies and training or provide additional space to support the program of the Art Study Center. Check our Exhibitions section later this spring for more information about inaugural exhibitions.

Q: Will there be any special events around the opening of the new Harvard Art Museums?
A: To celebrate the opening, the Harvard Art Museums will host a suite of special events just prior to the public opening on November 16, for students, faculty, donors, museum supporters, Cambridge residents, and others. Check our calendar for information about public programming this fall and sign up for the Harvard Art Museums email newsletter to keep up to date with news, exhibitions, and programs.

Q: How can I stay up to date with the news and events surrounding the opening of the new Harvard Art Museums?
A: There are many ways to stay connected to the Harvard Art Museums as we prepare for the public opening of our renovated facility on November 16, 2014.

Sign up for our email newsletter to find out about news, programs, and exhibitions at the Harvard Art Museums.

Visit Index magazine, the Harvard Art Museums’ multimedia magazine, which features stories on the renovation project, an in-depth look into our collections, the work of our staff, and more.

Follow us on social media for frequent updates on news, events, and happenings at the Harvard Art Museums. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Q: As a Harvard student, how can I be more involved at the Harvard Art Museums?
A: The Division of Academic and Public Programs offers several ways in which undergraduate and graduate students can actively participate at the Harvard Art Museums, including the Student Guide Program, the Graduate Student Teacher Program, and the Student Board.

Sign up for our student email list to receive announcements about programs and opportunities for Harvard students or contact erin_northington [at] harvard [dot] edu (Erin Northington), Student Outreach and Program Coordinator, for more information.

Q: As a member of the Harvard faculty, how can I access the Harvard Art Museums’ collections for teaching and research?
A: Harvard faculty can contact jlevin_martinez [at] harvard [dot] edu (Jessica Levin Martinez), Director of the Division of Academic and Public Programs, to learn more about how to incorporate the museums’ collections, programming, and research into course planning.

Appraisals/Evaluations of Art

Q: How can I determine the value of my work of art?
A: The Smithsonian American Art Museum provides information about appraising your object. Alternatively, you can also contact a local auction house, art dealer, or art gallery.

Q: What does the Fogg label on the back of my picture mean?
A: Works of art enter the Fogg Museum for a number of reasons, including conservation treatment, examination, photography, exhibition, or acquisition. When they come in, they are registered and given a unique loan number, which may appear on a Fogg label. By tracing the number, we can tell you why and when the work of art was here, but we will not divulge the name of the owner. Note that objects are registered using the owner’s description of the object, which does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Fogg Museum. For more information about a specific Fogg label and/or number, please contact the am_cm [at] harvard [dot] edu (Registrar's Office) at 617-495-2379.

Q: Do I have the original Picasso drawing Mother and Child and Four Studies of Her Right Hand?
A: The original Picasso drawing Mother and Child and Four Studies of Her Right Hand (1904) has been in the Fogg Museum collection since 1929. Many years ago very good facsimile reproductions of the drawing were made, and these have often been confused with the original drawing. There is a nude self-portrait on the verso (back) of the drawing that does not appear on the facsimile. Because the facsimile is a photographic reproduction, like a poster, it has little commercial value. The reproductions were originally printed with a white or off-white margin around the image (although this has often been cut down to show just the image). The margin includes a printed description of the original drawing, including the artist, title, and the words “Fogg Art Museum.” We receive many inquiries about this image every year. Although we cannot be sure without looking at the work itself, we can say that if your picture looks just like our drawing, it is almost certainly a reproduction. Mother and Child and Four Studies of Her Right Hand is related to a gouache (opaque watercolor) drawing, Maternité (1905), which is in a private collection.

Conservation of Works of Art

Q: Where can I find a conservation specialist or have my art object repaired?
A: The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works maintains a web page outlining how to choose a conservator.

Q: Does the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies accept outside work?
A: The Straus Center rarely accepts outside client treatments and technical examination projects, although those with significant research and teaching potential may be considered. For more information, contact the center at 617-495-2392.

Donations

Q: How do I make a financial contribution?
A: Please make your check payable to Harvard Art Museums and address your envelope to Harvard Art Museums, c/o Institutional Advancement, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 to expedite processing. You may also give online. For more information about supporting the museums, visit the Make a Gift section of this website.

Q: How do I make a donation of artwork?
A: The Harvard Art Museums welcome works that advance the teaching mission of our institution. If you would like to discuss a gift of a work of art, please contact the am_cm [at] harvard [dot] edu (Registrar for Collections) at 617-495-3902 and we will be happy to guide you through the process.

Employment

Q: How can I find out about job openings and apply for a job at the Harvard Art Museums?
A: Job postings for the Harvard Art Museums are listed on Harvard University’s main employment site. All applications should be submitted through the Employment@Harvard website.

Harvard Faculty and Students

Q: Is it true that Harvard students can rent works of art for their dorm rooms?
A: In the past, Harvard students could rent prints from the Fogg Museum collection through our Student Rental Program. The program was suspended indefinitely in 2008, when the building on Quincy Street that formerly housed the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger Museums closed for a major renovation and expansion. For more information, please contact the am_moderncontemporary [at] harvard [dot] edu (Division of Modern and Contemporary Art).

Q: As a Harvard student, how can I be more involved at the Harvard Art Museums?
A: The Division of Academic and Public Programs offers several ways in which undergraduate and graduate students can actively participate at the Harvard Art Museums, including the Student Guide Program, the Graduate Student Teacher Program, and the Student Board.

Sign up for our student email list to receive announcements about programs and opportunities for Harvard students or contact erin_northington [at] harvard [dot] edu (Erin Northington), Student Outreach and Program Coordinator, for more information.

Q: As a member of the Harvard faculty, how can I access the Harvard Art Museums’ collections for teaching and research?
A: Harvard faculty can contact jlevin_martinez [at] harvard [dot] edu (Jessica Levin Martinez), Director of the Division of Academic and Public Programs, to learn more about how to incorporate the museums’ collections, programming, and research into course planning.

Images of Art

Q: Are images of artworks in the Harvard Art Museums collections available on your website?
A: Yes, the majority of the artworks in our collections are viewable via our collections search tool. Our artworks have online object records that are searchable in many ways. Most records have images (many enlargeable) as well as a section containing each object’s basic information such as artist, title, date, and culture. Description, bibliography, and provenance and exhibition history sections are also provided when available. The tool's Lightbox function allows you to email artwork images and details or create a PowerPoint presentation.

Q: Is it okay to use the images from the Harvard Art Museums website?
A: Yes, you may use the images for personal, noncommercial, educational, or scholarly purposes, or for other fair use to the extent permitted under the law. For more information, please see image copyright.

Q: How do I order images of artworks from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections?
A: For information regarding images for study or publication, please complete an image request form or contact our artmuseumsimages [at] harvard [dot] edu (Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources) at 617-495-8211.

Photography/Filming at the Harvard Art Museums

Q: Are photography amd filming allowed at the Harvard Art Museums?
A: With the exception of personal photography by visitors, any photography or filming on Harvard Art Museums property is prohibited unless prior permission is granted by the museums’ Communications Division. All such requests to photograph or film on museum property must be directed to jennifer_aubin [at] harvard [dot] edu (Jennifer Aubin), Public Relations Manager, to determine approval in consultation with appropriate departments. The Harvard Art Museums limits photography or filming projects in its buildings, and preference is given to projects that are directly related to its mission of furthering scholarship and research on the works of art under its care.

Please note that it is not possible to photograph or film our collections at this time. All galleries and study rooms are closed as we complete the final stages of our renovation project. Access to the collections will be reinstated when the new Harvard Art Museums facility at 32 Quincy Street opens in the fall of 2014.

Research Questions

Q: What online research tools pertaining to the Harvard Art Museums collections are available?
A:  Our art search tool provides access to detailed information and images for the over 250,000 works of art in our collections. Selected areas of our collections have also been organized into thematic Research Tools, which provide more in-depth information about particular artists and collections.

Q: Where can I find historical information about the people and programs of the Harvard Art Museums?
A: The Harvard Art Museums Archives is the official repository for the administrative records of the institution from 1895 to the present. Holdings include the correspondence of past directors and curators; architectural drawings; scrapbooks; and many other primary source materials related to the history of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums.