HMSC Member Night at the Museums


Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 5:30pm to 9:00pm


Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Three diverse people talking in a gallery.

Special Event

Come wander the galleries after hours, enjoy seasonal refreshments, and use your special December member discount of 25% in The Shop at HMNH. Explore the newly opened exhibition in the Peabody Museum, Resetting the Table, Food and Our Changing Tastes. Then go behind-the-scenes to learn about some of the collections featured in the exhibition.

Zooarchaeology at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography

The Zooarchaeology lab houses a large comparative collection that includes specimens of mammals, fish, and birds found at archaeological sites associated with human settlements from around the world.

Tours of the Zooarchaeology lab will be on a rolling basis. No advanced registration is needed.

Economic Botany at the Harvard University Herbaria

Economic botany studies the commercial exploitation of plants for many uses including foods and beverages. The collection has various objects such as herbarium sheets of dried crops, teaching models of fruits and vegetables, samples of historical commercial food products, trade publications, and more.

You must register in advance for these tours. Tours will last approximately one half hour and start at 5:30 (FULL), 6:00 (FULL), 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00. Due to Herbaria restrictions, participants must be 10 years of age or older.

The exclusive event is free and all members are welcome to attend; however, behind-the-scenes tours in the Herbaria require advanced registration as space is limited. 

To register, email or call 617-496-6972.

  • Please give us your name and the names of everyone in your party. If you will be attending with children, please indicate their ages.
  • Indicate your first and second choices for Herbaria tour times: 5:30 (FULL), 6:00 (FULL), 7:00, 7:30, or 8:00
  • Please note: The number you can register is the same as the number admitted on your membership.

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Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage