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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. Read more about What’s in a Name? The Process of Naming Species

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. Read more about Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, a new exhibition to open December 17 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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 Geological Museum at Harvard University and the Google Cultural Institute are inviting people to an interactive Read more about Travel through time with new natural history collections on Google Arts & Culture

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 Free Fun Fridays summer event series.

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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 Glass Flowers were commissioned in 1886 by what is now the Harvard University Herbaria from the Dresden, Germany- Read more about Glass Flowers Gallery to Open May 21, 2016 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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 about new research and Read more about New exhibition Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery opens Saturday, November 21 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

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 was Read more about Rare Stibnite Specimen Goes on Display at Harvard Museum of Natural History

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

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Awarded $150,000 Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services

September 18, 2014

Cambridge, MA—Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $150,000 to the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC). The museums will use the grant funds to create an innovative learning experience entitled What’s in a Name? Species, Naming and the Scientific Process to educate and engage the public in the scientific process of systematics, species identification and naming. The project is a partnership between HMSC, the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (biodiversitylibrary.org) as represented by the Ernst Mayr Library of Read more about Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Awarded $150,000 Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services

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, Read more about Harvard Museums Launch New Annual Program Focused on Innovative Curatorial Practice

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 world during the nineteenth Read more about Sea Creatures in Glass to open May 24 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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 photographs of many places that Thoreau explored and Read more about Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller, a new exhibition opens November 16 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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 Morris Read more about SUMMER SOLSTICE Night at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

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

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 March 6 at Harvard. 

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

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 Read more about New Director to Lead Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

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. They’re  Read more about Cockroaches Mini-Exhibit Opens September 29, 2012, at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History Admission Rates Increase September 1, 2012

August 1, 2012

Effective September 1, 2012, the admission price at the Harvard Museum of Natural History will increase. The new admission rates are: adults, $12; seniors (65 and over) and college students, $10; and youth (3-18 years old), $8. Admission is free for children under 3 years of age and Harvard University photo ID holders. Prices at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also increase, and a ticket to either museum admits visitors to both.

Museum admission rates were last increased in July 2006.

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