Winslow Homer, American, Schooner at Sunset, 1880. Courtesy of Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College

This summer, Harvard Art Museums announced a new, permanent free admission policy for all visitors, effective June 23. The new policy represents a significant expansion of free access to the museums’ collections, exhibitions, and research for public audiences.

Granting free admission represents a significant new investment in opening the museums and collections to residents of the Greater Boston area as well as those visiting from around the world, according to museum officials.  Harvard University and Harvard Square are major attractions to visitors.

“We are thrilled to implement this new comprehensive free admission policy, which will remain in place permanently,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “Taking this step represents our deep commitment to serving all audiences, enhancing our mission of teaching and research, and becoming a center where discovery, exchange, inclusion, and learning can flourish for all. Increasing numbers of longtime supporters and new friends alike have been showing us that we have something unique to offer in the cultural landscape and that we are a welcoming place to experience art and community together.”

Here are upcoming events in July:

Date Event
Gallery Talk: American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light
Materials Lab Workshop: Natural Color Materials from the Past to the Present [AT CAPACITY]
Exhibition Tour: De los Andes al Caribe: El arte americano desde el imperio español/From the Andes to the Caribbean: American art from the Spanish Empire
Exhibition Tour: American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light
Art Study Center Seminar—American Watercolors, 1880–1990: A Conversation with Artist Peter Soriano and Curator Joachim Homann

The museums are open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except major holidays), and during monthly Harvard Art Museums at Night programs on the last Thursday evening of each month.

This new initiative is made possible by a generous contribution from the Estate of David Rockefeller and support from the Office of the President at Harvard University.

Information to help visitors plan their visit to the Harvard Art Museums can be found at: