Monday, August 29
Open daily 10am–5pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (closed at 1pm), Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve (closed at 3pm), New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day
|$10||Non-Harvard students (18+)|
|Free||Harvard faculty, students, and staff (plus one guest)|
|Free||Youth under 18|
|Free||Cambridge residents (proof of residency required)|
|Free||Massachusetts residents, Saturdays from 10am–noon (proof of residency required)|
|Free||Active duty military personnel, plus up to five family members (through September 4, 2016, in collaboration with NEA Blue Star Museums)|
Amenities and Other Facilities
Art Study Center
By appointment only
The public is welcome to visit the museums' Art Study Center, but an appointment is required. For more information, visit our Art Study Center page.
Somerville Research Facility
200 Inner Belt Road
Somerville, MA 02143
Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm
An important part of the Harvard Art Museums, the Somerville Research Facility is a hub for creativity and inquiry across various fields and disciplines. It supports the institution’s teaching and research mission and provides access to art and archival collections. Class and individual appointments can be held in one of three art study rooms. Appointments are required and can be requested through the Art Study Center page. The Somerville Research Facility is the location of the Harvard Art Museums Archives, the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, and the museums’ Communications Division and Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources. The Somerville Research Facility is connected to the museums’ Cambridge site by regular shuttle service during workdays. (See schedule below.)
Departs Cambridge (at Prescott Street entrance) Departs Somerville 7:40am 8:10am 8:40 9:10 9:40 10:10 10:40 11:10 11:40 12:10pm 1:10pm 1:40 2:10 2:40 3:10 3:40 4:10 4:40 5:10 5:40
Adolphus Busch Hall
29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Open to the public Wednesdays, 1–5pm and Saturdays, 10am–2pm
Closed major holidays
Adjacent garden open during the summer months, Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm
Adolphus Busch Hall houses a unique collection of plaster casts of sculpture and architectural stonework from the High Middle Ages. Admission to the hall and garden is free. There is a wheelchair accessible entrance to the garden located on Cabot Way, 27 Kirkland Street. Please consult our calendar page for details about the organ recital series.
Open to the public daily, 10am–4pm
There is no gallery admission charge for visiting the cafe.
Open to the public daily, 10am–5pm
Browse art books or purchase a keepsake of your visit. There is no gallery admission charge for visiting the shop.
Ticket Info and Policies
Tickets can be purchased in person at the museums’ admissions desk during operating hours.
Student Guide Tours
- Fall schedule (September 9–December 2, 2016)
- Sundays, 11 am and 3 pm
- Tuesdays, 2 pm
- Fridays, 2 pm
- Saturdays, 11 am and 3 pm
Visit our calendar for more information.
Group visits of eight or more people should register in advance by emailing . Groups of eight or more that pre-register will receive $1 off the admission rates. We are now accepting reservations for group visits commencing in January 2015. Please note that we are unable to accept groups larger than 45 persons.
The Harvard Art Museums welcome families of all ages to our facility. While our galleries cannot accommodate oversized or jogger strollers, compact strollers are available for your visit at our admissions desk. Changing tables are available in most restrooms throughout the facility.
General Visitor Policies
- Noncommercial photography and filming is permitted, except of works of art or exhibitions accompanied by a “no photo” icon. Use of flash, tripods, monopods, or camera extension poles is not permitted.
- All bags are subject to inspection.
- Please use the coatroom to check larger items, including umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, and rigid baby carriers. Strollers are available at the admissions desk.
- Please refrain from touching the art.
- Pens, ink, and paint are not permitted. Pencils are available at the admissions desk.
- Cell phone use in the galleries is restricted to accessing digital tools and digital records for objects on view. Phone conversations are limited to the courtyard and lower level lobby.
- No food, beverages, or gum.
The Harvard Art Museums are accessible for visitors using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Accessible entrances are located on Quincy Street, Broadway, and Prescott Street.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for loan in the lobby free of charge.
Wheelchair accessible seating and assistive-listening devices are available in our lecture halls. Sign language interpretation may be available upon request; please contact Visitor Services to request sign language interpretation, two weeks prior to the program if possible.
Visitors arriving via paratransit van or similar are recommended to use the entrance on Broadway, which allows a right-side exit from the vehicle. Accessible parking is available in the Broadway Garage, located at 5 Felton Street. (Please note that the garage has a 6 ft. 8 in. height limit.) Parking permits can be purchased online; visitors without an assigned code can use “Visitor to Campus” as their department and 7700 as their department code in the online ordering system.
Please note: The adjacent Adolphus Busch Hall has accessible features. If you are attending a program at Adolphus Busch Hall or planning a visit and have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Visitor Services.
While there are some on-street meters, parking near the museums is mostly restricted to Cambridge residents. Visitors are encouraged to use public transit, particularly the MBTA Red Line, which has inexpensive parking at the Alewife Station.
Limited parking is available in Harvard University’s Broadway Garage, at 7 Felton Street. Permits can be purchased online only, through the Harvard Campus Services system, and must be purchased in advance.
Here are a few tips as you proceed through the system:
- If you are a first-time user, you will need to register by creating a username and password.
- If you need an accessible parking space, please select ADA Accessible Broadway as the lot.
- When asked to select the department from a drop-down menu, select Museum Visitor—Art Museum. The department Code is 9071.
- On the day of your visit, a printout of your online permit needs to be handed to the attendant in the garage booth for admittance and then placed on your dashboard.
For questions related to permits, please contact Harvard Campus Services at 617-496-7827.
For certain evening and weekend functions, complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage. Check calendar listings for details.
Public parking garages in the Harvard Square area:
Church Street Lot
41 Church Street, between Brattle Street and Massachusetts Avenue, 617-482-7740
Harvard Square Parking
Corner of Eliot and JFK Streets, 617-354-4168
Charles Square Garage
Corner of Bennett Street and University Road, 617-491-6779
From Harvard Square, enter any gate and walk directly through the center of the Yard, between Widener Library and Memorial Church, and exit through the gate on Quincy Street. The Harvard Art Museums’ historic facility at 32 Quincy Street will be directly in front of you. To reach Adolphus Busch Hall, continue walking along Quincy Street and pass the Harvard Graduate School of Design on the right. Adolphus Busch Hall will be directly in front of you, one block down and across the street, at 29 Kirkland Street.
The Harvard Art Museums and Adolphus Busch Hall are a quick five-minute walk from the Harvard Square subway station. This station is served by the Red Line of the MBTA’s subway system as well as many bus lines. Please use the MBTA’s trip planner to determine your best route.