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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Special Lecture and Exhibition Opening

Join us for a lecture on Thursday, December 4 at 6:00pm that celebrates the founder of the Harvard Semitic Museum's, David Gordon Lyon, life and contributions that will highlight his interactions with Harvard presidents, millionaires, and other twentieth-century notables, as well as his approach to assembling Harvard's Ancient Near Eastern collection and establishing the Harvard Semitic Museum. The lecture is in conjunction with the opening exhibition From the Nile to the Euphrates: Creating the Harvard Semitic Museum.