Harvard Art Museums

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32 Quincy St.

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The Harvard Art Museums are the combination of the formerly separate Busch-Reisinger, Fogg and Arthur M. Sackler museums, making it quite an "eclectic" experience, according to past visitors who say it's definitely worth a visit.

The 204,000-square-foot museum – designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano – is quite a stunner, with a pyramid-shaped roof and glass ceilings. It spans seven levels and houses 250,000 pieces of art. Works on display include American and European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, pieces by German expressionists, materials related to the Bauhaus and postwar contemporary art from German-speaking Europe. Several visitors were happily surprised at the collection of impressionist painters, including works by Claude Monet and others.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for major holidays. Admission costs $15 for adults and is free for kids younger than 18. The museum also offers a gift shop and cafe on-site (both accessible without paying museum admission). The facility is located a five-minute walk from the Harvard Square subway stop. Limited free parking is available on weekends. For more information, check out the property's website.

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Iconic Harvard Square, a bustling epicenter of Cambridge, is packed with quirky boutiques, bookstores, restaurants, cafes, bars, buskers and, of course, students from Harvard University, which borders one side of the square. No matter the time of day or night, there is always a lively atmosphere. Simply wandering around people-watching can be entertaining by itself.

Visitors say Harvard Square "feels like a European square" with a "fun and energetic vibe." Additionally, many add that it offers a great place to hang out in the evenings.

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