Harvard Art Museums project nearing end

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The Harvard Art Museums will not open to the public until late 2014, but the project is close enough to completion for Lentz to offer the first real sneak peek. It is both a renovation and an expansion, with pieces of the Fogg, including its 86-year-old façade, remaining intact. But the Busch-Reisinger Museum, a later addition on back of the Fogg, had serious structural problems and none of the historical designations. It has been knocked down and rebuilt so that all of Harvard’s art museums – the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler – will be housed in one complex.

The project meant closing the Fogg and Bush-Reisinger for six years. And Lentz’s tour revealed how dramatic the changes will strike anyone familiar with the old museums.

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