As Harvard University works to welcome a limited number of students and staff back to campus, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture continues to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and consider enhanced protocols for a safe return for onsite visitors.  While we remain temporarily closed, we encourage you to enjoy the museum at home with new and frequently refreshed digital content via HMSC Connects!. Stay tuned for a full schedule of virtual fall programs, including classes, tours, lectures, and events.

With more than 230,000 visitors per year, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is the University's most-visited museum and a 'must-see' for any visit to Harvard Square or the University.

School Visits

Teachers should visit Education for information on classes and admission rates.

Group Visit Admission Rates

Pre-reserved group admission is $3.00 off regular price admissions for groups of 10 or more.

Adults: $12.00
Seniors: $10.00
College students: $7.00
Youth (3–18): $7.00

Self-guided Visits

With signage, videos, and interactive displays throughout the galleries, visitors do not need a tour guide to enjoy the museum and the 12,000 specimens on display.


Please register your group at least two weeks in advance. We are unable to offer the group visit discount to groups that do not pre-register.

To schedule a group visit, complete the online registration form.

If you have any questions or need further information about group visits, call or email reservations at (617) 495-2341 or

Tour directors considering adding the museum to their Boston itineraries are invited to email the museum's Director of Marketing at or call (617) 496-6557.

Drop-off and Parking

There is easy drop-off at the museum (on Oxford Street, see map ) for buses, with off-site parking available on campus. Please include parking needs on the reservation form.

Learn about the museum's accessibility.

Glass Flower Tours

Docent-guided group tours of the Glass Flowers are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. 

Tours start at $200 for groups of 10 or fewer. There is a $20 fee per additional person. A nonrefundable $50 deposit is required. A maximum of 15 people are permitted per tour, but larger groups can be divided into two or more sections.

To schedule a Glass Flowers tour, please complete the online registration form. Please register your group at least two weeks in advance.

If you have any questions or need further information about Glass Flowers tours, call or email reservations at (617) 495-2341 or

Tours of the gallery are not necessary, and the exhibition may be visited at any time the museum is open.

Prepaid Museum Passes for Educational Institutions

College, high schools, and other institutions can purchase blocks of individual tickets at the discounted group rate. Faculty, students, and staff will have the opportunity to visit at any convenient time—with or without their peers—and still benefit from the $3.00 discount.

The minimum purchase is 10 passes.
Students under 18: $7.00
College students: $7.00
Faculty/staff adults: $12.00

Educators are invited to visit the museum to develop the assignments for their students’ visits. To schedule your visit or purchase passes, please email