The Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, which originated in 1887, houses an encyclopedic collection of works on paper—prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs, illustrated books, and posters of American and European origin dating from the fifteenth century to the present. It is one of the world’s major print rooms measured by standards of both size and quality.

The Morse Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Selections from the collection are exhibited on a rotating basis in galleries throughout the Museum. Because works on paper are sensitive to the damaging effects of light they are shown only for brief periods at a time. Most works on paper not currently on view may be examined in the Morse Study Room upon request.

The Morse Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs is located on the first floor of the Museum, near the Lower Rotunda. We are open by appointment Tuesday through Friday, 10 am-noon and 1:30-4 pm. To make an appointment, or for more information, please call 617-369-3112 or e-mail Patrick Murphy at For general department inquiries, please call 617-369-3426.

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