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


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Giza 3D

Amazing Archaeology at Harvard

Come experience an epic day of archaeological events on Saturday, October 5 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm.  Activities take place among the world-famous collections of North American, Maya and Ancient Near Eastern archaeology held by the Peabody and Semitic museums. Immerse yourself in a 3D view of the Giza Pyramids with virtual reality headsets, dig into an archaeological excavation in Harvard Yard and much more.