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Harvard Semitic Museum

The Harvard Semitic Museum is closely related to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Center for Jewish Studies, being also located within the same building. Its collection is widely used for teaching and research in Near Eastern archaeology, history, and culture.
It was founded in 1889, its over 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts deriving mostly from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia.
Though it educational goal, the Semitic Museum often mounts exhibits opened to the general public, aimed at promoting greater understanding of the civilizations of the Near East and its great cultural legacy.