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Harvard University Semitic Museum

Closed Now: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Great small museum

Very interesting and informative displays. Wort a visit if you are in the area. Doesn't take a... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona
See hw the common folk lived back then.

The Semitic museum is essentially a history of the Jewish people. Interesting archeological... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2016
Warwick, Rhode Island
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1 Aug 2018
“Informative, but mostly models”
27 Feb 2018
“Great but small”
By housing ancient Near Eastern exhibitions, The Harvard Semitic Museum explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life sized casts of...more
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6 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-2020
+1 617-495-4631
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Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Small museum but informative exhibits, do note however that just about all the impressive objects are not the real thing but copies.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed February 27, 2018

The only thing that is a letdown is how small this museum it. I found it very interesting, and regardless of a limited number of actual artifacts (They mostly use casts, with a great many being of the originals I saw in London), they are...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed May 19, 2017

There are very few real objects on show in this small museum. These are mostly from the Ancient Near East. It has primarily Greek/Cypriot pottery and Egyptian Grave goods on display over three floors. Their full scale model of an ancient Israeli house is probably...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed August 27, 2016

Very interesting and informative displays. Wort a visit if you are in the area. Doesn't take a long time to visit, unless you are really interested in this area.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed July 11, 2016

The Semitic museum is essentially a history of the Jewish people. Interesting archeological findings and inscriptions of military rivals. Most interesting was a 'house' of a typical family, with no luxurious appointments but only common touches. No dedicated parking, so plan accordingly. Free admission!!

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed October 18, 2015

I really enjoyed the model of a Jewish house from the biblical period, as well as the items exhibited upstairs.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed August 14, 2015

This museum is a hidden treasure. The word "semitic" can mean Jewish to many people, but in this case it is referring to the history and art of the Near East (Arabia). The museum is small, but it includes many treasures including some mummy cases...More

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed July 17, 2015

I spent about 90 minutes here recently, having read an article about it in the Boston Globe in Dec. 2014. My curiosity was piqued by the life of Professor David Gordon Lyon and the collections he assembled. He worked at Harvard in some capacity from...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed March 18, 2015

Free admission. Really neat display of an Israeli house on the first floor and great information. Only dislike: no parking. We found a place to park with a pay meter, but we got back to the car to find a ticket for an hour before...More

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Theresa S
Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a nice little museum. It is a bit out of the way, and I wouldn't make a trip on purpose. If you're in the neighborhood it's fun. Unfortunately, the top floor Egyptian exhibit is covered up for some sort of maintenance or remodeling...More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank Marie S
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