Tuesday, December 11
Open daily 10am–5pm
Closed January 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2019
Closed on the following holidays: Christmas Eve, 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, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving
|Free||All students with a valid ID|
|Free||Harvard ID holders (plus one guest)|
|Free||Youth under 18|
|Free||Cambridge residents (proof of residency required)|
|Free||Massachusetts K-12 teachers (valid teaching ID required)|
|Free||Massachusetts residents, Saturdays from 10am–noon (proof of residency required)|
|Free||Active duty military personnel, plus up to five family members, in collaboration with NEA Blue Star Museums (year round)|
|Free||Individuals with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, plus up to five family members|
Amenities and Other Facilities
Art Study Center
By appointment only
The Art Study Center welcomes visitors by appointment (free with museums admission; available Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm). Please check the calendar for special programs offered in the Art Study Center.
Children age 14 and older are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
Somerville Research Facility
200 Inner Belt Road
Somerville, MA 02143
Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm
For more details about the Somerville location, including department contacts, directions, and shuttle schedule, click here.
Adolphus Busch Hall
29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Wednesdays, 1–5pm and Saturdays, 10am–2pm
Adjacent garden open during the summer months, Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm
Adolphus Busch Hall has served as a site for teaching and learning for Harvard students since the early 20th century. There is a wheelchair accessible entrance to the garden located on Cabot Way, 27 Kirkland Street.
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.
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Ticket Info and Policies
Tickets can be purchased in person at the museums’ admissions desk during operating hours.
Student Guide Tours
- Spring schedule (February 1–April 28, 2019)
- Sundays, 11 am and 3 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. Please note that we are unable to accept groups larger than 45 persons and may need to limit reservations during peak periods.
The Harvard Art Museums welcomes families of all ages. Kids under 18 can visit for free. When you stop by our admissions desk, ask an attendant for complimentary sketchbooks and pencils to accompany your visit to the galleries. Jenny’s Cafe, open from 10am to 4pm daily, offers a kid-friendly menu.
For families with small children, we are happy to provide compact strollers at the admissions desk (our galleries can’t accommodate oversized or jogger strollers). We kindly ask that kids are reminded of our “look but don’t touch” rule in engaging with art. Nursing mothers are free to nurse wherever they feel most comfortable, and all of our bathrooms are equipped with changing tables. For privacy, a single-use bathroom is on Level B1.
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. Large text (18 point font) Visitor Guides are available in print and via iPads on loan from our Admissions desk for visitors who are visually impaired. We also offer hand held magnifiers.
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.
Sign language interpretation may be available upon request; please contact Visitor Services to request sign language interpretation, at least two weeks prior to the program. Visual description tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted also may be available upon request; please contact Visitor Services at least two weeks prior to the date of your visit.
Limited free parking for visitors is available from 10am to 5pm on weekends in Harvard University’s Broadway Garage, at 7 Felton Street. As a special offer during the holidays, we are extending our limited free parking to include Wednesday, December 26 through Friday, December 28 and Monday, December 31, from 10am to 3pm. Parking tickets must be validated at the museums’ Admissions desk prior to departure. For certain evening and weekend events, complimentary parking is also available. Check calendar listings for details.
On weekdays, permits for parking at the Broadway Garage must be purchased online, through the Harvard Campus Services system.
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. Have your car’s license plate number handy as you will need this to register for a permit.
- 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.
While there are some parking meters on nearby streets, parking near the museums is mostly restricted to Cambridge residents, except on Sundays. Visitors are encouraged to use public transit, particularly the MBTA Red Line that provides convenient access to Harvard Square.
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.