Visitors in Earth and Planetary Science Gallery

Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery

This newly renovated gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones in both rough and cut specimens, including a 1,600-pound amethyst geode. The exhibition highlights new research and offers a broad overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its continuing evolution. 


Print of bright blue leaves.

In Search of Thoreau's Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss is an immersive multidisciplinary experience that marries art and science through a modern artistic interpretation of Henry David Thoreau’s preserved plants.



Taxidermied squids in a tank.

Marine Life

The centerpiece of the Marine Life exhibition—a floor-to-ceiling recreation of life in New England’s coastal waters—immerses visitors in the remarkable diversity and dynamic interplay among animals in marine communities just off local shores.