Carpenter Center
for the Visual Arts

Exhibitions and programs at the Carpenter Center are free and open to the public.

Harvard University
24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

+1 617.496.5387


Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm 

General Visitor Guidelines

We welcome all visitors to the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts galleries. For the protection and safety of visitors and artworks on view we ask that you please adhere to the following policies: 

  • Please keep a safe distance from the artwork of at least an arm’s length. Please do not touch the artwork (unless a sign or label says its ok). 

  • To aid in the protection of artwork on view, large bags, backpacks, luggage, rigid baby carriers, and umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries. They may be checked at the front desk with the attendant. 

  • No food or beverages are permitted in the galleries.

  • Non-flash, noncommercial photography and filming is welcome and permitted. However, the use of tripods, extensions poles, and monopods are not allowed in the galleries. 

Health and Safety Guidelines

Our priority remains the health and safety of our visitors and staff.  We have implemented new and enhanced health and safety protocols in line with the CDCMassachusetts Public Health, and Harvard University guidelines. We will continue to assess and adjust our health and safety protocols as guidelines evolve. Please check back regularly for the most updated information about visiting the Carpenter Center.

By entering the galleries, you agree to follow these health and safety guidelines: 

Masks are optional.

Health Check
Please do not enter the galleries if you aren’t feeling well, are experiencing  COVID-19 symptoms, if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

Enhanced Health and Safety Measures

Upgraded Air Filtration Systems
HVAC systems throughout the building have been upgraded with Merv 13 filters.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols
Enhanced and more frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces and restrooms have been implemented. 


The entrance to the Level 3 Sert Gallery can be accessed by using the ramps on Quincy and Prescott Streets. An elevator is available on Level 1 of the Carpenter Center, and limited number of wheelchairs are available for loan.

Please contact our front desk for assistance with elevator and wheelchair useage at: +1 617.496.5387 or

Service Animal Policy

Visitors with service animals are welcome to visit the Carpenter Center gallery. The animal does not need to have specific licensing or paperwork presented to be admitted into the Carpenter Center. We ask visitors with service animals to please adhere to the following policies:

  • The service animal must be always under the handler’s personal control (i.e., not passed off to another visitor, whether or not they are the handler’s partner).

  • The animal must be in a guiding harness, a leash, in a bag, or be in some other way tethered to the handler while in the building.

  • The service animal must be housebroken.


MBTA Red Line Stop: Harvard Square

The Carpenter Center is on the east perimeter of the Harvard University campus and east of the Harvard Square Red Line T stop. It is located between the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Faculty Club, one block north of Massachusetts Avenue, at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge.