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Courtesy Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Make a note on your 2014 travel planner for the reopening of the Harvard Art Museums, which will bring the three institutions together in one location.

“Once they are united under one roof that fall, the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler Museums will allow for more dialogue between the three collections and merge the boundaries between them,” said Daron Manoogian, director of communications.

This milestone for the Harvard Museums, with one of the most important and largest collections in the country with 250,000 works of art, will combine the Western art from the Middle Ages to the present from the Fogg Museum; the works from German-speaking countries at the Busch-Reisinger Museum; and the Asian, ancient, Islamic and later Indian art from the Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Manoogian said the new venue is a renovation and an expansion.

“We are renovating the historic 1927 building that was the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger museums, where great care is taken to preserve its historic elements,” he said. “A new wing was added, and glass walls will create a physical dialogue between the spaces; and the Fogg’s stunning courtyard will be maintained as the central feature of the new facility.

“Renzo Piano, known for creating beautiful and thoughtful renovations of historic structures, is the architect.”

The reopening of the Harvard Museums is particularly exciting for art fans, as many might have been unaware of the scope of the three collections.

“In the past, we primarily served the Harvard University faculty and students,” said Manoogian. “But now, we are reaching out to others.”