Why are there Fried Egg and Purple People Eater jellyfish? How did the Johnny Cash tarantula get its name? Why do some species have multiple common names, and why do they all have Latin names? What’s in a Name? shows how scientists identify and name species, how names relate to scientific research and the progression of knowledge, and how collections play a crucial role in the process of naming.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces a new experiential art exhibition, Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens opening December 17, 2016, featuring new photographic work by visual artist Christina Seely and an installation made in collaboration with the arts collective The Canary Project. Next of Kin will be on display through June 4, 2017.
A new online experience by Google,the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard in partnership with the Harvard Museum of Natural History and some of the most loved natural history institutions in the world, allows people to come face to face with Jurassic Giants and browse through the most spectacular collection of natural history available in one place
Harvard Museum of Natural History to provide free admission on August 5, 2016
(Cambridge, MA) June 13, 2016 – Harvard Museum of Natural Historyannounced today that it will provide free admission on Friday, August 5, 2016 as part of Highland Street Foundation’s 8th Annual Free Fun Fridays summer event series.
Cambridge, MA The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces the renovation and remodeling of its signature gallery exhibiting the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, popularly called the Glass Flowers. The Glass Flowers gallery, which first opened in April 1893, has been closed to the public since late November 2015, and will reopen on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The Glass Flowers were commissioned in 1886 by what is now the Harvard University Herbaria from the Dresden, Germany-… Read more about Glass Flowers Gallery to Open May 21, 2016 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
On June 3rd, six strong men carried a stunning, nearly 400-pound specimen of stibnite crystal into the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where the new specimen is now on display on the third-floor landing. Visitors to the museum are intrigued to see one of the largest stibnite specimens on display anywhere in the world. Named the Swords of China, the crystal was discovered in 2003 in the Wuning Mine of the Jiangxi Province in the southeast of the People’s Republic of China.
On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Birds of the World will reopen at the Harvard Museum of Natural History after a major renovation. Located around the high balcony encircling the Great Mammal Hall, the new gallery captures the stunning diversity of birds, with hundreds of bird specimens on display representing over 200 different bird families from around the world. New displays reveal the very latest in surprising scientific discoveries about the evolution of birds, which scientists now know to be modern dinosaurs. This exhibition is the culmination of months of cleaning and refurbishing… Read more about Birds of the World Gallery Reopens September 20 at Harvard Museum of Natural History
Cambridge, MA—Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $150,000 to the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC). The museums will use the grant funds to create an innovative learning experience entitled What’s in a Name? Species, Naming and the Scientific Process to educate and engage the public in the scientific process of systematics, species identification and naming. The project is a partnership between HMSC, the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (biodiversitylibrary.org) as represented by the Ernst Mayr Library of… Read more about Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Awarded $150,000 Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services