Community

Community

Community

Among the Harvard Art Museums’ vital audiences are local and international visitors to Harvard University’s campus. The museums have a rich history of serving this diverse group.

Our goal is to make our collections relevant to all. In preparation for the opening of our renovated building in the fall of 2014, the museums’ Division of Academic and Public Programs (DAPP) has been training undergraduate student guides from Harvard College to lead gallery tours for the general public. DAPP is also working with curators, conservators, and technologists to develop innovative interpretive materials that will enhance the visitor experience.

In our transformed facility, visitors can look forward to greatly expanded gallery space; a theater for concerts, lectures, and symposia; and three art study centers, where they can view works of art not on display. We will continue to offer complimentary admission to our endowed lectures series, and visitors will have access to the ground-floor courtyard, shop, and café before proceeding to the galleries.

In keeping with our tradition of serving the community, the Harvard Art Museums are pleased to offer a free sourcebook called Engaging New Americans: Preparing for US Citizenship with the Harvard Art Museums, available through our shop. This 2012 publication, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, was developed as a resource to support new Americans as they prepare for citizenship. Through close looking of images of works of art from our collections, it includes and builds on much of the information about United States history that is taught in citizenship and civics classes.  

While we complete the final stages of our building project, stay connected to the Harvard Art Museums by checking our events page and by reading our magazine, Index.