Free Special Event Open to the Public
On the longest day of the year, explore the world and have fun at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's Summer Solstice Celebration. From 5:00–9:00 pm, enjoy free admission to four museums: the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.
Start off with a visit to our newest exhibitions
Learn about the microscopic organisms that make life on Earth possible in Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight
Discover how ancient Near Eastern kings commemorated their military triumphs and civic achievements in From Stone to Silicone: Recasting Mesopotamian Monuments
Admire more than 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas on display in All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology.
Then step outdoors for a host of fun activities
Make a summer crown with fresh flowers and greens to wear during the event
Marvel at circus performers
Get up close to nature at the animal farm
Find sustenance from the event food trucks
Enter the raffle to win HMSC museum memberships and special gifts from our museum shop.
Join us for this festive community evening! In case of rain, the event will move inside the museums.
Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Please note that Divinity Avenue will be closed to traffic during the event.
The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture are an 8-minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line station.
Activities are appropriate for all ages. In case of rain, activities will take place indoors (check printed schedules at museums for final locations).
Design your own summer crown with seasonal flowers, garden greens, and ribbons (while supplies last).
Location: 7 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts
5:00 pm until sunset
Stilt walkers, jugglers, and acrobats will be roving throughout the event.
Aparna Balaji, Mahathi Athreya, Kiran Manda and Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan will perform a selection of lively Carnatic Classical (South Indian) music.
Circus Arts Feature Show
An annual tradition at the Summer Solstice Celebration, artists from Off the Ground Circus Arts will stage a daring performance of circus arts and acrobatics.
Pinewoods Morris Men
Morris dancing is an English folk dance performed at festivals and holidays. The oldest team in North America—Pinewoods Morris Men—will perform a special selection of celebratory dances.
A world-drumming ensemble that blends Hip hop, Afro, Samba, and Taiko drumming, Grooversity will deliver the grand finale performance before the official solstice countdown.
In case of rain, food trucks will not be available
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
Bon Me pan-Asian delights
Sheherazad Middle Eastern cuisine
Boston Burger Company burgers
Generous support provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council