Founded in 1889, the Harvard Semitic Museum houses more than 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts, mostly from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia. We use these collections to investigate and teach Near Eastern archaeology, history, and culture. The Harvard Semitic Museum is one of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC). 


Open Monday-Friday, 10am - 4pm
Open Sundays, 1pm-4pm

Closed Saturdays

Admission: Free 


By Train

1. Take a MBTA Red Line to Harvard Square Station
2. Take a Massachusetts Avenue exit
3. Walk diagonally through Harvard Yard to
4. Continue walking through the Plaza
5. Turn right on Kirkland St
6. Turn left onto Divinity Ave

By Bus

1. Take the 86 Bus to Kirkland St
2. Turn right on Kirkland St
3. Take the first left onto Divinity Ave

By Car

From Harvard Square

1. Head East on Massachusetts Ave
2. Make a slight right onto Cambridge St
3. Make a slight left to stay on Cambridge St
4. Turn left onto Quincy St
5. Turn right onto Kirkland St
6. Take your first left onto Divinity Avenue


Upcoming Events

Dec 04

Opening Gala - Recasting Antiquity Student Exhibition



Arts @ 29 Garden Street, Cambridge MA, 02138

The public is invited to join students and faculty for the opening gala Friday, December 4th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Arts @ 29 Garden facility with the opening statement given by one of the world's leading experts in the field of ancient Near Eastern art, Professor Irene Winter. Recasting Antiquity opens to the public Thursday, December 3rd at 1:00 PM at Harvard University's Arts @ 29 Garden, Cambridge, Massachusetts and will remain open through Friday, December 11th at 4:00 PM.

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