Harvard Semitic Museum

#10 in Best Things To Do in Cambridge, MA
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Key Info

6 Divinity Ave.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Something of a hidden gem, the Harvard Semitic Museum, founded in 1889, boasts more than 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts, mostly from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Tunisia. Highlights include pottery, cylinder seals, sculptures, coins and cuneiform tablets. The museum rotates items in its collection in temporary exhibits, but recent examples include "House of Ancient Egypt," "Monuments from Mesopotamia" and "Ancient Cyprus."

Recent visitors called the small museum "informative" and "worth a visit" if you're interested in ancient civilizations of the Near East.

The museum is open Monday through Friday and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is about a 10-minute walk from the Harvard Square subway stop. For more information, consult the museum'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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