Gallery Explorations


Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt

 November 12-January 8

Celebrate the new film Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and revel in a holiday season bursting with the magic of J. K. Rowling’s world by embarking on your very own search for magical creatures!  Climb a 150-year-old staircase, explore a maze of hallways and hidden rooms, peek around corners and into shadows to discover the real creatures and stories behind unicorns, yetis, nundus and other fantastic beasts. Where CAN you find them? Look no further than the hallowed halls of the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Witches, wizards, muggles, and magizoologists of all ages are invited to pick up the Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt clue sheets at any of these Harvard museums and begin a quest to uncover the hiding places for a host of amazing creatures. Pick up a small memento when you finish the hunt. The spell is cast and the adventure begins November 12, but time is limited, so plan your visit now. The magic ends on January 8.

Regular admission rates apply.


The Real World of Minecraft Minerals

Do you play Minecraft? Have you ever wondered whether any of those blocks exist in the real world? Get out of the house and explore some of the REAL rocks and minerals that appear in Minecraft at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Pick up a gallery exploration card in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery, read about the Minecraft minerals, and compare to actual samples on display. Come find gold without digging 32 layers down a digital mine!

Downloadable Explorations

Look, Listen, Touch

Explore the museum’s forests exhibition with young children. Learn how to help your child experience nature in a multi-sensory way.