Architecture

In Focus: Somerville Research Facility

Our Somerville Research Facility is home to the museums’ archives and a part of our Art Study Center. It also offers storage for some of our collections and is the home of the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, the Division of Communications, the Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources...

Embracing Solar Energy

A new 29.61-kilowatt system of solar panels—94 in all—has been installed on the fourth-floor roof of the Harvard Art Museums.

Clean(ing) Breaks

At the Harvard Art Museums, dusting is no ordinary chore.

The Calderwood Courtyard

The Harvard Art Museums’ Calderwood Courtyard has long been a central artery for visitors, students, and the community. Learn more about this historic and dynamic setting. 

A Courtyard for All

From concerts to weddings to art installations, the Calderwood Courtyard hardly ever sees a dull moment.

Guiding Light

Conservators have been studying where natural light flows into the museums, to discover optimal times for opening and closing protective shades. Article snippet: At least once a month, conservators use a handheld digital light reader to record the “lux,” or light levels, near individual works of...

The Inside View

The popularity of our architecture tour proves that visitors are still fascinated by the museums’ history and renovation. Article snippet: “I think people are excited to be inside this great building, and they’re just fascinated to learn more about it.”

A Tactile Experience

“Anatomy of the Harvard Art Museums,” which highlights the architecture and design of our new facility, is now available to visitors in a braille edition.

Snow Big Deal

The snowiest winter on record presented new challenges for Harvard Art Museums’ facilities and operations staff. Many workers put in long hours clearing more than 500 tons of snow from the brand-new roof, as well as keeping walkways and sidewalks passable.

Piano’s Piazza

During a recent talk at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, architect Renzo Piano reflected on the completion of the extensive renovation project at the Harvard Art Museums—in particular, the “piazza”-like Calderwood Courtyard.