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The arts abound at Harvard. Blending theory, practice, and passion across a diverse curricular and extracurricular landscape, Harvard is home to a vibrant and dedicated community which celebrates, interrogates, and practices art.
Harvard's museums house astonishing collections with millions of objects that illuminate a wide range of disciplines.
Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Fisher Museum at the Harvard Forest
Harvard Art Museums
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Harvard University Herbaria
Mineralogical and Geological Museum
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Artemas Ward House Museum
Warren Anatomical Museum
Home to such architectural marvels as Le Corbusier's Carpenter Center and a Graduate School of Design that has produced many influential architects of the last century, Harvard has had a long conversation with the built environment. The conversation continues with courses in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and increasing connections between students in the GSD, the College, and across the University.
Courses in the English Department's Creative Writing Program that allow students to reach high levels of technical artistry, acclaimed student publications that overflow with the next generation's writers, the Woodberry Poetry Room's unparalleled collection of 20th and 21st century poetry, and the deep electronic resources provided on Poetry@Harvard, all elevate the written word across Harvard's campus.
Anyone who has seen one of Harvard's diverse dance groups know that powerful, graceful and transformative performances happen on campus stages every semester, both through the Dance Program (Office for the Arts) and in the productions of our student-run dance groups.
Home to the renowned Harvard Film Archive, the Film Study Center, and the curricular offerings of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard is committed to film in all its variations, from its earliest flickers to cutting-edge documentaries.
With legendary professors, incomparable visiting artists, and students who have changed the landscape of music, Harvard offers both an extraordinary curricular program in music and musicology through the Department of Music, and a varied extracurricular music scene, with countless student groups performing throughout the year.
Whether it is in the professional productions of the American Repertory Theater's mainstage, the innovative performances led by student theater groups in black box spaces, the exhaustive archive of the performing arts held in the Harvard Theatre Collection, or the exciting courses offered by the Committee on Dramatics, the life of the theater thrives at Harvard.
The visual arts are found in abundance on Harvard's campus. The practice of the graphical, sculptural, digital, video, and mixed media arts thrive in the studios of Harvard's Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. A powerful tradition of art history, theory and criticism continues in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. Student-led groups, visiting artists, gallery spaces, and a passionate community of artists all contribute to the dynamic culture of visual arts found on campus.