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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 busily living out their lives and interconnected by myriad complex relationships. The photographic exhibit World in a Drop is an aesthetic journey into this microbial world, as

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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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Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Partner with the Highland Street Foundation to help Massachusetts Families See More Summer

June 13, 2016

Harvard Museum of Natural History to provide free admission on August 5, 2016

(Cambridge, MA)  June 13, 2016 – Harvard Museum of Natural History announced today that it will provide free admission on Friday, August 5, 2016 as part of Highland Street Foundation’s 8th Annual

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Glass Flowers Gallery to Open May 21, 2016 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

April 4, 2016

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 

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New exhibition Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery opens Saturday, November 21 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

September 23, 2015

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, the new Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery will open at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The centerpiece of the new Marine Life exhibition – a floor to ceiling re-creation of life in New England’s coastal waters –will immerse visitors in the astounding diversity and dynamic interplay among animals in marine communities just off local shores. As models of glowing jellies, a giant sea turtle, and other sea animals appear to swim above their heads, museumgoers will learn

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Islands: Evolving in Isolation Opens April 25 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

March 23, 2015

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Islands: Evolving in Isolation will open at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. With bizarre woodpecker-like primates, dwarf humans, and flightless birds over nine feet tall, islands are havens for some of the most unusual creatures on our planet. Why are islands such hotspots of biodiversity and 
how does evolution work within these isolated pockets of life?
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Rare Stibnite Specimen Goes on Display at Harvard Museum of Natural History

October 16, 2014

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.

The mineral is comprised of antimony and sulfur, and boasts delicate, knife-like crystals. This crystal

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Birds of the World Gallery Reopens September 20 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

September 20, 2014

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

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