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Spotlight Tour: Making Time, with Sophia Scott ’25

A smiling young woman, wearing light-colored clothes, sits on a red bench before a window next to a floating image of a tall, ornately decorated old clock.
One work Sophia Scott will spotlight is Otto van Meurs’s richly symbolic longcase musical clock (Dutch, c. 1750–75), which keeps accurate time to this day.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event does not require registration; see further details below.

On this tour, Sophia Scott ’25 will explore how objects have embodied and enforced conceptions of time throughout history. Looking closely at three works, the tour starts with an ancient Egyptian bronze, Horus falcon, which holds a mummified bird skeleton from more than 2,500 years ago. Moving chronologically, it continues on to Otto van Meurs’s richly symbolic longcase musical clock (Dutch, c. 1750–75), which keeps accurate time to this day. The tour concludes with The Gare Saint-Lazare: Arrival of a Train (1877), a painting by Claude Monet made at a time when long-distance train travel prompted standardization across time zones.

Spotlight Tours offer a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Free and open to the public, these tours start outside the museum shop on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm. Drop in and join the conversation! And find out what the Student Guides are up to anytime on Instagram @harvardarthappens.

Please check in with museum staff at the Admissions desk in the Calderwood Courtyard to request to join the tour. Tours are limited to 18 people and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; no registration is required.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

This program is supported by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund.

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums prepares students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. Through their training, Student Guides gain knowledge of the collections and develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.