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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.

View the neighborhood map (PDF)

General Admission

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

Free for members

Sightseeing Pass Programs

Boston CityPASS

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Go Boston Card

Go Boston CardThe museum accepts the Go Boston Card, a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to over 40 museums, tours, and attractions with a savings of up to 55%. Check out the Explorer Pass and Build Your Own Pass to save time and money by purchasing in advance.


Special Free Admission (with valid ID)

Free to holders of a current Harvard ID (+1 guest); 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

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.)

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.