Health and Safety Update
We continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and prioritize the safety of our visitors, staff, students and volunteers. In the interests of reducing the number of people on campus and slowing the opportunity for transmission, the university museums are closing to the public, at the end of business on Thursday, March 12 until further notice. All public programs, classes, and events have been canceled. Over the next few weeks we will be assessing the situation and reviewing options for when we will be able to re-open to the public.
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.
Seniors (65+): $13.00
Youth ages 3–18: $10.00
Youth under 3: Free
Free for members
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Special Free Admission (with valid ID)
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
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.
Discounted Admission (with valid ID)
Boston and Cambridge libraries are among the dozens of public libraries in Massachusetts that have museum passes available for $6 admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the adjoining Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. One admission includes both museums and each pass admits up to four people. Ask for passes at your local library! Please be prepared to show proof of Massachusetts residency or library/network membership. Not valid for group, institutional, or corporate visits, and cannot be combined with any other offers.
(Are you a library looking to add us to the list of museum passes you offer? Libraries pay just $200 a year for 200 passes through the Library Membership Program.)
Advance reservations are required. Learn about admission rates and registration information for group visits and prepaid museum passes for educational institutions.
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.