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). 

Hours

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

Closed Saturdays

Admission: Free 

Directions

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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Events

Sweet and Spicy Libations: Wine in the Ancient Near East

In 2013, a team of archaeologists working in northern Israel unearthed the storage magazines of a Canaanite palace from 1700 BCE containing remnants of what is considered to be the oldest--and largest--ancient wine cellar in the Near East. On Thursday, October 23, join archaeologist Andrew Koh and Phoenician specialist Joseph Greene as they discuss this discovery in the context of the social and cultural history of wine's emergence in the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean World. Registration is required.