The Harvard University Art Museums is one of the leading arts institutions in the United States and the world. It is distinguished by the range and depth of its collections and its groundbreaking exhibitions and original research. For more than a century it has been the nation's premier training ground for museum professionals and scholars, and is renowned for its seminal and ongoing role in the development of the discipline of art history in this country.
Harvard's art museums-the Fogg Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum-are all outstanding institutions in their respective fields. The Fogg also houses the Straus Center for Conservation, a leader in the research and development of scientific and technology-based analysis of art, as well as the U.S. headquarters for the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, an ancient site in Turkey. More than 200,000 objects in the Art Museums' collections range in date from ancient times to the present, and come from Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. Each Museum has an active program of special exhibitions that promotes new scholarship in its respective areas of focus.