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The Rockefeller Beetles Exhibit Opens Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

September 10, 2018

“The collection is superb, worldwide, and the biggest collection ever donated to Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology as far as we know,” said the MCZ’s entomology curator Brian D. Farrell.

Over the span of 90 years, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller collected beetles from around the world, eventually building a personal collection of more than 150,000 specimens. In 2017, his...

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Harvard Museum of Natural History Admission Rates Increase September 4, 2018

August 1, 2018

Effective September 4, 2018, the admission price at the Harvard Museum of Natural History will increase. The new admission rates are: adults, $15; seniors (65 and over), $13; college students and youth (3-18 years old), $10.

Rates for groups of ten or more will also increase: Adults, $12.00; Seniors: $10.00; Non-Harvard college students: $7.00. Youth (ages 3–18) admission rates will remain unchanged at $7.00.

Admission is free for Massachusetts residents who present Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards at the admission...

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Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep Exhibition to Open June 30, 2018 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

May 17, 2018

(Cambridge, MA) Glowing under black lights, California artist Lily Simonson’s luminescent paintings embody a synergy between art and science that reveals new ways of seeing and understanding life forms in the deep ocean.

“Being in the deep sea feels like being inside of a painting,” says Simonson, who embedded as an artist-in-residence on three different oceanographic...

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“Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight” Exhibition to open February 17, 2018 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

December 18, 2017

(Cambridge, MA) Thriving all around, and even within us, is a minute universe of astonishing and diverse lifeforms so small, they cannot be seen by the human eye. Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight explores the fascinating realm of microbes, Earth’s first inhabitants, as they continue to engage with the planet’s biosphere in ways science is only beginning to uncover and understand.... Read more about “Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight” Exhibition to open February 17, 2018 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life Opens August 26 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

August 3, 2017

The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces a new photographic exhibition, World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life, to open Saturday, August 26, 2017 and to extend through January 7, 2018.

The minuscule ecosystem within a single drop of water is home to an astonishing diversity of organisms...

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What’s in a Name? The Process of Naming Species

January 6, 2017

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.

What’s in a Name is a Harvard Museum of Natural History project that explores the world of species identification and naming through interactive exhibits and online resources....

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Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, a new exhibition to open December 17 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

December 5, 2016

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. 

We live in a time when an alarming array of plants and animals struggle to even exist in a world that is increasingly dominated and altered by an exploding human population....

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Travel through time with new natural history collections on Google Arts & Culture

September 13, 2016

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

Tuesday, September 13th: The Mineralogical and...

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