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Harvard Museums Launch New Annual Program Focused on Innovative Curatorial Practice

April 30, 2014

On April 30, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and the Harvard Art Museums will launch a new annual program including seminars and a public lecture focused on innovative curatorial practice. The collaboration will showcase internationally renowned curators who are breaking new ground in the organization of exhibits.

The inaugural public lecture features Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who served as artistic director of the critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibition dOCUMENTA (13), held in Kassel, Germany, in 2012. The exhibition, which drew nearly a million visitors,...

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Sea Creatures in Glass to open May 24 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

April 28, 2014

Sea Creatures in Glass to open May 24 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History Exhibit of Harvard's Blaschka glass animals includes models off display for decades. Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the “Glass Flowers,” father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass and sometimes wire into lifelike models of marine animals.

Renowned for their beauty and exacting detail, the Blaschka invertebrate models were commissioned by universities and museums throughout the ...

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Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller, a new exhibition opens November 16 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

November 16, 2013

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau’s The Maine Woods, the Harvard Museum of Natural History offers an exhibition of finely crafted photographic prints by photographer Scot Miller, who has traversed the state of Maine for years, retracing the footsteps of New England’s native son, Henry David Thoreau. Opening Saturday, November 16, 2013, Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller, will feature stunning...

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SUMMER SOLSTICE Night at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

June 21, 2013

Celebrate the longest day of the year with live music, ice cream, hands-on activities, and free admission to all four of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture—the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Semitic Museum, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Join in outdoor festivities on the new Harvard Plaza, located between the Harvard Science Center and Sanders Theatre/Memorial Hall at One Oxford Street in Cambridge: 

Watch and dance with the Red Herring...

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Harvard Museum of Natural History reopens renovated Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery April 6

April 6, 2013

On Saturday, April 6, the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s former Mineral gallery will reopen with new exhibits which will address key geological themes including: plate tectonics, geologic time, rock types and formation, and planetary geology.

The newly renovated Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery will feature a spectacular array of stunning minerals and intriguing rocks from the collections of Harvard’s Mineralogical and Geological Museum, some of which will be on public display for the very first time. Visitors will come face-to-face with rock and mineral specimens that...

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Time Trails at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

March 4, 2013

Time Trails Gallery Exploration Opening March 6 through December 6, 2013

Explore the concept of time in unexpected places at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and at the three other Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments). It’s all part of a new exhibition Time and Time Again: How Science and Culture Shape the Past, Present, and Future, opening...

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Hear the Sounds of Nature in New England Forests Exhibition at Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Zofnass Family Gallery

February 22, 2013

Hear the Sounds of Nature in New England Forests Exhibition at Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Zofnass Family Gallery. Where can you get to by T during the dreary winter, where you can hear the calls of meadowlarks, the croak of a frog, or the slap of a beaver’s tale on a pond? Plan a visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge where you can listen to dozens of natural sounds newly added to the New England Forests exhibition in the Zofnass Family Gallery. With motion detectors and different sound tracks concealed...

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New Director to Lead Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

December 4, 2012

Jane Pickering has been appointed executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC), a new consortium of Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) museums at Harvard University which includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The other partner museums are the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

The HMSC was established on a model pioneered since 1998 by the Harvard Museum of Natural History—which serves as the public face for its partner...

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Cockroaches Mini-Exhibit Opens September 29, 2012, at Harvard Museum of Natural History

August 12, 2012

Cockroaches Mini-Exhibit opens September 29, 2012 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

A group of adaptable arthropods are among the oldest land-living animals on Earth. They thrived in lush coal forests 300 million years ago, survived multiple mass extinctions, and today represent 4,500 species, including some of the most beautiful and colorful insects on the planet. Nurturing parents, these insects often carry and protect their young, and some species even feed them with a kind of “milk” made from their own bodies. Who are they? The answer may surprise you....

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