Semitic Museum

Local nameSemitic Museum
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Harvard Semitic Museum is a museum founded in 1889. It moved into its present location at 6 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1903.

From the beginning, it was the home of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, a departmental library, a repository for research collections, a public educational institute, and a center for archaeological exploration. Among the museum's early achievements were the first scientific excavations in the Holy Land and excavations at Nuzi and Tell el-Khaleifeh in the Sinai, where the earliest alphabet was found.

The museum's artifacts include pottery, cylinder seals, sculpture, coins, cuneiform tablets, and Egyptian mummy sarcophagi. Many are from museum-sponsored excavations in Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, and Tunisia.

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More information and contact


Official website


Phone +1 617 495 4631

Address 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Coordinates 42°22'41.08" N -71°6'50.225" E

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