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A New Name for the Harvard Semitic Museum


The Harvard Semitic Museum will now be known as the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East (HMANE). The new name is designed to be more inclusive and accurately reflect the diversity of the museum’s collection.


Founded in 1889, the museum was conceived as a teaching tool to study the ancient histories and cultures of people who spoke Semitic languages, among them Israelites, Moabites, Arabs, Babylonians, and Phoenicians.


The museum’s focus remains on the wide variety of diverse peoples living in the eastern Mediterranean region, parts of modern-day Iraq, and even of north Africa, including the Egyptians, Assyrians, Hittites, and Philistines.


Read an interview with director Peter Der Manuelian for a full explanation of the name change.


Watch for the continuing transition to Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East in the museum’s online presence and public outreach.

three dimensional image of a coffin.


The Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East is one of the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. We encourage you to read our Know Before You Go policies.

Admission: Free
Hours: Sunday–Friday, 11:00am–4:00pm


  • Monday, October 10, 2022 (Indigenous Peoples' Day)
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2022 (day before Thanksgiving)
  • Thursday, November 24, 2022 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Friday, December 23, 2022 (day before Christmas Eve)
  • Saturday, December 24, 2022 (Christmas Eve)
  • Sunday, December 25, 2022 (Christmas)
  • Monday, December 26, 2022 (day after Christmas)
  • Sunday, January 1, 2023 (New Year's Day)

3D Models

The museum has created 3D models of some choice objects from its collections. This peg-shaped, stone figurine would have been placed in the foundation of an important structure as it was being built. You can view more of our models here