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Art Study Center

Access to the Art Study Center is limited to Harvard faculty and students for the Fall 2021 semester. Appointments will be available Monday through Friday between 10am and 5pm. Two weeks’ notice is required for scheduling. Specific protocols and procedures will be shared prior to any appointments.

If you are interested in learning about virtual art access options, please send your inquiry to am_artstudycenter@harvard.edu.

Unique in size and scope among North American museums, the expansive Art Study Center allows visitors to request objects not currently on display in the galleries, facilitating self-directed teaching and learning from works in all media. Visitors can study John Singer Sargent’s working process as documented in his drawings, marvel at a ceramic drinking vessel from ancient Greece, or learn about early photographic processes by examining a nineteenth-century daguerreotype.

Housed under the museums’ glass rooftop, this space receives controlled natural light—ideal for the kind of close looking that happens here. With individual centers dedicated to each of the three museums (Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum) and four seminar rooms, the Art Study Center encourages extended interactions with original works of art.

In addition to providing access to the museums’ collections, the Art Study Center is also a venue where visitors can call upon the expertise of the museums’ curators, conservators, and educators.

1. Select a Date

2. Select Purpose of Visit

If you require object files, they are available to view by appointment only through the relevant curatorial office.

3. Select Artwork to be Viewed

If you would like to request multiple objects, we recommend registering as a user and building a collection.

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4. Enter Your Contact Information

5. Additional Notes

Please use this field to share with us any relevant information about your goals for your upcoming study visit so we can best prepare the viewing space and artwork.

The Harvard Art Museums is committed to ensuring an accessible and welcoming environment for all visitors. Please view our accessibility policy.

What’s Next

A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required for all Art Study Center appointments. Study and seminar room availability is limited, and we may not be able to accommodate the first choice for appointment. Upon receipt of your request, Art Study Center staff will be in touch to confirm the day, time, and location of your appointment as well as to confirm the availability of the object(s) requested. Art Study Center staff may limit the number of objects available during an appointment due to an object’s size or condition.