Plan Your Visit

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The health and safety of visitors and staff is our top priority. We have limited capacity and all admissions REQUIRE reservations. Reserve your spot today and learn more about our requirements for onsite visitation


The Harvard Museum of Natural History is adjacent to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours. You can enter the Harvard Museum of Natural History through either the 26 Oxford Street entrance or through the main entrance of the Peabody Museum at 11 Divinity Avenue.

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Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25, and January 1

General Admission

Adults: $15.00
Seniors (65+): $13.00
Harvard ID Holders: Free +1 guest
Non-Harvard students with I.D.: $10.00
Youth ages 3–18: $10.00
Youth under 3: Free

Free for members

Special Free Admission (with valid ID)

Free to holders of a current Harvard ID; Harvard Museums of Science & Culture members, and Harvard Art Museums members.

Free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (September through May). Proof of residency required. This offer is not available to commercial groups. 

Free to Massachusetts Teachers (K-12).

Free to Massachusetts residents who present Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards at the admission desk with up to 5 guests.

ASTC Travel Passport Program

ASTC logoFree to members of institutions participating in the ASTC Travel Passport Program. Local restrictions apply, please review the guidelines and restrictions (PDF) before your visit.


National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museums Program

Free to active duty military with their families in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museums Program. Year-round free admission is offered to the Peabody Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History using the Blue Star Museums guidelines.

Blue Star Museum

Discounted Admission (with valid ID) 

Library Passes

Library patrons can reserve discount passes through their local library to visit our museums! Library pass admission includes entry to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. Read about our “Know, Show, Go” policies, reserve your timed ticket, and please be prepared to show proof of Massachusetts residency.

Are you a library looking to offer passes to your patrons? Learn more about our Library Membership Program.

Group Visits

Advance reservations are required. Learn about admission rates and registration information for group visits and prepaid museum passes for educational institutions.

School Visits

Click here for program descriptions and rates. Please call (617) 495-2341 for information and reservations, or email

Museum Policies

Enjoy your visit, and please help us keep the museum safe and comfortable for other visitors.

  • No eating or drinking in the galleries
  • Our passages are narrow; keep them accessible for other visitors.
  • Do not lean on glass cases; they are fragile.
  • Cell phones are permitted for phone calls in the ground and third floor lobbies.
  • Personal photography is allowed; however, the use of flash and tripods is not permitted in the galleries. Commercial photography or video cameras are not permitted without written permission. Information on photography and videography requests for commercial use can be found here.
  • Drawing is encouraged in the galleries, but the use of clay, paints, pastels, and chalk is not permitted. Please do not block passageways; keep them accessible to other visitors.