Summer Solstice Celebration 2014

Exhibit Renovation

Monuments from Mesopotamia is closed for renovation.


Open Monday–Friday, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Open Sundays, 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Closed Saturdays

Admission: Free 

Holidays Closed

The Harvard Semitic Museum is closed on:

New Year's Day (through January 2)

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Harvard Winter Recess (December 26–31)



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


Museum Parking

Parking in front of the museum is not available. Parking for cars and vans is available at the garage located at 52 Oxford Street. Permits must be purchased in advance online through the Harvard Parking Office using code 2021.

Weekend permits for the Oxford Street Garage can be purchased in-person at the Harvard Museum of Natural History's admission desk at 26 Oxford Street. License plate number required for purchase.

Tour and school buses may get detailed bus parking instructions by visiting this page or by contacting reservations at 617-495-3216.

Self Guided Group Visits & Guided Tours

The Harvard Semitic Museum is available for self-guided group visits and two different docent-led tours for groups of 10 or more adults or students. Tours last from 30-60 minutes. Please register all group visits at least two weeks in advance. We may not be able to allow entry without advance registration. Self-guided group visits are free of charge. Docent-led tours cost 2 dollars per person.

Tour Topics 


 Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips are temporarily unavailable while the Mesopotamian Monuments gallery undergoes a major renovation. Reservations may be made anytime; Virtual Field Trip programs will resume in December 2017. 

Virtual Field Trips for 10-50 middle school students per session must also be reserved at least two weeks in advance. The fee is $150 for up to 50 students.

Please complete the online Reservation Request Form to begin the reservations process. When the request has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the Education Department to complete the reservation.

Educator Admission

Educators are invited to bring their classes to the Harvard Semitic Museum. Reservations for classes are required; please contact the reservation desk by phone (617-495-3216) or by email ( on Monday-Friday, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Educators are invited to visit the museum anytime during open hours to develop assignments for their students’ visits.