Art is in the eye of the beholder, whereas swollen retinas are in the eye of the bee holder. Get soul-stung by provocative and powerful art with today's Groupon: for $8, you get admission for two (an $18 value) to the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge. Both admissions must be redeemed during the same visit.
Named by the Boston Globe as New England's greatest university collection of artworks, the Harvard Art Museums are three distinct museums—the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums—that together provide visitors with an astounding array of creative work. Re-View, the permanent exhibition highlighting the best of each museum, cuts a slice out of the collection to show rare treasures alongside well-known works ranging from Islamic to Asian, painting to calligraphy, and ancient to contemporary. Peruse a full queue of exhibitions, including one about the use of illusion in art and how it can confuse seeing-eye dogs.
The Harvard Art Museums' dedication to teaching and research makes works come alive in unexpected ways. Twice-daily complimentary guided tours provide expert insights into which marble busts look most like Ben Franklin. A robust schedule of free gallery talks and lectures adds to the fact flood, giving each guest the opportunity to turn his or her visit from an eye-centric sightfest into a brain-dominated knowathon.
The Boston Globe named Harvard Art Museums as one of the top 10 campus collections in New England. Six Yelpers give the museums an average of 4.5 stars, and three TripAdvisors award them an average of 4.5 owl eyes:
- The greatest, without question, is Harvard Art Museum in Cambridge -- a university collection that is richer and deeper than all but three or four of the country's great public museums – Boston Globe
- There's a nice mix in the Sackler. Contemporary, European, Greek pottery, Asian statues and prints, religious paintings, Egyptian art, Islamic art, Mesopotamian? art, American pastoral scenes etc. etc. I like the variety. It's refreshing. – Luyi H., Yelp