Harvard Art Museums

The museums have played a leading role in the development of art history, conservation, and conservation science, and in the evolution of the art museum as an institution. The Harvard Art Museums are comprised of three separate museums -- the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum. The Fogg Museum is renowned for its holdings of Western paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings dating from the Middle Ages to the present. The Busch-Reisinger Museum’s holdings include significant works of Austrian Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and materials related to the Bauhaus. The Arthur M. Sackler Museum is dedicated to works from Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. The Art Study Center at the Harvard Art Museums encourages extended interactions with original works of art. By appointment, groups can request objects not currently on display in the galleries, facilitating self-directed teaching and learning from works in all media. 

Contact Info
Address: 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138. Middlesex County. Tel: 617-495-9400. Email: am_groupvisits@harvard.edu. Website: www.harvardartmuseums.org. Hrs: Daily 10AM - 5PM.

Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free (Fee 18+).

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.