Harvard Art Museums: Raising the roof


Expansion unveiled at Harvard Art Museums

When the new Harvard Art Museums complex opens to the public on Nov. 16, director Thomas Lentz expects visitors to be struck by the size and scale of the project, a $350 million renovation and expansion designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. With a total of 204,000 square feet on seven levels, acres of glass culminating in a pyramid-shaped roof, and a new gift shop, cafe, and 300-seat theater, the new structure makes quite a first impression. A 40 percent increase in gallery space will allow substantially more of Harvard’s 250,000-piece art collection, one of the country’s largest, to go on public display.

Contemporary art in the foreground at Harvard Art Museums

The first art you’ll see when you step into the Harvard Art Museums’ new Prescott Street entrance is big, bold, and contemporary.

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Making Harvard’s art accessible

Harvard Art Museums’ renovation and expansion united three separate art museums into one 204,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ryan_fogg35_arts.jpg View from the Harvard Art Museums’ Calderwood Courtyard

This panorama gives a look inside the free and open to the public space.

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Harvard Art Museums offer dazzling artworks, savvy curation

Reopened to the public after more than six years, the Harvard Art Museums showcase one of the world’s great art collections with smart, thoughtful curation.

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A prized collection of Bernini clay sculptures can be found in a “winter garden” in the new Harvard Art Museums complex.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ryan_fogg5_arts.jpg Harvard Art Museums put pigments on display

Pigments take pride of place on the fourth floor of Harvard’s newly renovated Fogg Art Museum.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/harvardartmuseums-001.jpg After 6 years, Harvard Art Museums reemerging

The project has increased gallery space by 40 percent and added study centers, a cafe, and a dramatic, pyramid-like glass roof.


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A tour reveals that the dramatic renovation is becoming a reality.

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