The Busch-Reisinger was founded at the turn of the 20th century, and received much of its early funding from the Adolphus Busch family of St. Louis. Formerly housed in Adolphus Busch Hall, the museum is now housed in Werner Otto Hall, adjacent to Harvard's Fogg Museum.
The collection has a particularly strong collection of 20th century German artists, including expressionist and modernist art, including art of the Bauhaus School and has a wide range of continually changing exhibitions.
The Busch-Reisinger is open (other than holidays) from 10:00 through 5:00 on Monday through Saturday and from 1:00 to 5:00 on Sundays. The Busch-Reisinger also maintains a print room where works on paper which are not on exhibit can be studied.
In February, 2006, Harvard announced that the collections of the Fogg Art Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum would be relocated, likely sometime early in 2007, to temporary space in Allston, Massachusetts across the Charles River from Cambridge, while the existing facility underwent significant renovation.