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).
Special Event Hours: The museum will be open from 11:00 am–4:00 pm on Saturday, March 24 for the Amazing Archaeology Fair.
Third Floor Closures
Sunday, March 25: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, April 27: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
From Harvard Square
The museum has created 3D models of some choice objects from its collections. This peg-shaped, stone figurine would have been placed in the foundation of an important structure as it was being built. You can view more of our models here.