Plan Your Visit

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The Harvard Museum of Natural History is adjacent to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours.

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General Admission

General admission includes all exhibits.
Adults: $12.00
Non-Harvard students with I.D.: $10.00
Seniors (65+): $10.00
Children ages 3–18: $8.00
Children under 3: Free
Free for members

Special Free Admission (with valid ID)

Free to holders of a current Harvard ID (+1 guest); Harvard Museums of Science & Culture members, and Harvard Art Museums members.

Free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (September through May). Proof of residency required. This offer is not available to commercial groups.

Free to members of institutions participating in the ASTC passport program, subject to guidelines and restrictions (review map and guidelines before your visit).

Free to Massachusetts Teachers (K-12)

Free to active duty military with their families in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities Blue Star Museums program.

Multiple-attraction Pass Programs

The museum participates in two multi-attraction pass programs which allow ticket holders to save on admission to multiple Boston venues. Depending on the length of your visit, be sure to check out:

Boston CityPASS

Boston City Pass

With CityPASS save up to 47% off admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History OR the Old State House, plus four more top Boston attractions: the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, and the Skywalk Observatory at Prudential Center. You’ll skip most ticket lines, too.

Valid nine days. Cost: Adult $54 (value $102); Child (3-11) $39

Purchase booklets or printable vouchers at CityPASS or at the museum admissions desk for the same low price.

Boston Go Card

Go Boston CardThe Boston Go Card is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to over 50 museums, tours, and attractions with a savings of up to 55%.

 

 

Group Visits

Advance reservations are required. Learn about admission rates and registration information for group visits and prepaid museum passes for educational institutions.

School Visits

Click here for program descriptions and rates. Please call (617) 495-2341 for information and reservations, or email reservations@hmnh.harvard.edu.

Accessibility

The museum’s galleries are located on the third floor, which is accessible by elevator from the ground level via the (north) side entrance of the building at 26 Oxford Street.

Parking near the museum is very limited; however some special arrangements may be available for accessible parking. Please refer to the parking section for more information.

Museum Policies

Enjoy your visit, and please help us keep the museum safe and comfortable for other visitors. 

  • No eating or drinking in the galleries.
  • Our passages are narrow; keep them accessible for other visitors.
  • Do not lean on glass cases; they are fragile.
  • Cell phones are permitted for phone calls in the ground and third floor lobbies. 
  • Personal photography is allowed; however, the use of flash and tripods is not permitted in the galleries. Commercial photography or video cameras are not permitted without written permission. Information on photography and videography requests for commercial use can be found here
  • Drawing is encouraged in the galleries, but the use of clay, paints, pastels, and chalk is not permitted. Please do not block passageways; keep them accessible to other visitors.