Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a partnership of six museums at Harvard University.
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The mission of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is to foster curiosity and a spirit of discovery in visitors of all ages, enhancing public understanding of and appreciation for the natural world, science, and human cultures. HMSC works in concert with Harvard faculty, museum curators, and students, as well as with members of the extended Harvard community to provide interdisciplinar

y exhibitions, events and lectures, and educational programs for students, teachers, and the general public. HMSC will draw primarily upon the extensive collections of the member museums and upon the research of their faculty and curators. The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture consortium includes:
Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Harvard Museum of Ancient Near East
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

HOURS AND ADMISSION

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
http://chsi.harvard.edu/visit-us

Harvard Museum of Natural History
http://hmnh.harvard.edu/plan-your-visit

Harvard Museum of Ancient Near East
https://hmane.harvard.edu/visit

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/visit

10/06/2023

Tomorrow, we invite paleontology fans to the museum for a fabulous Fossil Day. Peter J. Bishop is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Museum of Comparative Zoology and will present at the event tomorrow. We asked him a few questions about his passion for paleontology.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫’𝐬 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭?
Along with others, I'm presenting 'hidden treasures': fossils that don't see the public eye but offer important clues about the history of life. In addition, I'm giving a talk about how we can, through the lens of locomotion, digitally bring fossils “back to life.”

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 “𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞” 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐛 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞?
I work with fossil collections, in a wet lab, dissecting animals like lizards and birds. Other days I'm CT scanning fossil specimens, or out excavating fossils (and very often, fighting off flies or mosquitoes). I also work in the office building digital models, running analyses, and sending correspondence. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to pursue all these different ventures as a paleontologist at Harvard!

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞?
All animals share similarities, such as the arrangement and properties of bones, muscles, and tissues. Every animal is subject to universal laws, such as the laws of physics. Studying this across various animal groups allows us to identify patterns of cause and effect. We then take these patterns to the fossil record to make predictions about extinct species, such as diet, posture and gait, reproductive strategy, or appearance.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐬?
I use scalpels, forceps, rulers, scales (and lots of gloves!), as well as CT scanning, to understand the anatomy and examine the internal structure of fossils. I also generate 3-D digital models of the fossil bones, that are imported into animation and modeling software (the same kind used to generate CGI in movies) to re-assemble digital skeletons. I also use software, that was originally developed in engineering and medicine, to calculate how the principles of mechanics play out in an animal's body.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐭 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐲?
The opportunity to show people specimens in the collections that are tucked away from public view. Many people don't realize just how extensive Harvard's fossil collections are, or the true scale of their importance, so events like this are a great way to shine a light on these hidden gems.

Saturday, October 7th, 1pm-4pm. Regular admission rates apply. Free parking at the 52 Oxford St garage. https://tinyurl.com/FossilDaySchedule

10/04/2023

Tomorrow night - Protecting the World’s Penguins free hybrid event! Details: https://bit.ly/ProtectingPenguinsHarvard (advance registration required)
Join Dr. Pablo Borboroglu, GLOBAL PENGUIN SOCIETY (GPS), the 2023 Indianapolis Prize Winner for animal conservation, as he recounts his lifelong journey to save penguins.

Dr. Borboroglu will highlight the challenges of conservation work, from protecting 32 million acres of ocean and coastal habitat to cofounding the Global Penguin Society, an international conservation coalition for the world’s penguin species. Hear about the risks and rewards he has experienced while trying to save penguins in some of nature’s wildest places.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented in collaboration with the Indianapolis Zoo and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard.

10/01/2023

In just one week we will celebrate the amazing world of fossils at National Fossil Day! Save the date: Saturday, October 7, 1pm-4pm. Free parking at the 52 Oxford St garage. Regular admission rates apply. https://tinyurl.com/FossilDaySchedule

What treasures are found in the Harvard University paleontology collections? Meet Harvard paleontologists from the Harvard Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department and the Museum of Comparative Zoology to find out! See their favorite fossils, learn about their research, and ask them your questions.

Learn about local fossils and where to find them, see what new techniques and technologies are being used to study fossils, and hear about current research projects. Join us to celebrate National Fossil Day with short talks and table-top presentations for all ages.

Photo credit: Julieta Sarmiento .visual



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09/29/2023

Watch livestreams of Harvard University events.

09/28/2023
09/26/2023

Harvard students start leading tours of the Peabody Museum on October 1. Tours connect visitors with the research, teaching, and Indigenous engagement surrounding the cultural heritage in the museum’s care. Drop in for a tour, free with museum admission on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:00 or Sundays at 11:00 am*. See the website for full schedule: https://tinyurl.com/PeabodyTours

*Sunday mornings are free to MA residents with valid ID*

Photo credit: EJSP Visual - Julieta Sarmiento Photography

09/25/2023

Save the date for the free hybrid lecture on penguin conservation on October 5th! https://bit.ly/ProtectingPenguinsHarvard

Dr. Pablo Borboroglu will deliver a compelling talk on the vital work of Protecting The World’s Penguins. Dr. Borboroglu received the 2023 Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation. He will highlight the challenges of protecting 32 million acres of ocean and coastal habitat to co-founding the GLOBAL PENGUIN SOCIETY (GPS).

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented in collaboration with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Indianapolis Zoo and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard

Image Courtesy of Pablo Borboroglu

The new exhibition, Surveillance: From Vision to Data, is opening at the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Ins...
09/20/2023

The new exhibition, Surveillance: From Vision to Data, is opening at the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments this Friday. The exhibit explores the data of surveillance: how it's produced, who produces it, and how those data are interpreted and used, sometimes in very surprising ways.

For this week’s episode Jennie speaks with Aaron Gluck-Thaler and Carolyn Bailey, PhD candidates in the Harvard Department of the History of Science and Visual Studies Departments at Harvard. They guest curated the exhibit along with Matt Goerzen, PhD student in the History of Science Department at Harvard.

Aaron Gluck-Thaler on the power of surveillance:, “To understand the power of surveillance today, we have to look at very complex, and sometimes very difficult-to-discern, histories. By looking at these histories, we hope that visitors can start to develop more sophisticated vocabulary for understanding surveillance.”

Carolyn Bailey remarks, “It’s very striking to me to look at the range of art that we have in the exhibition and the way in which artists think about surveillance as both something that can be challenged, and critiqued, but also subverted. Art really opens up new possibilities for having a more nuanced and layered view of surveillance, and what it might mean in terms of the social and psychic impact.”

Listen to the latest episode: https://bit.ly/HMSCPodcast

Photo by Hannah Marcus

Join us for a free arts + science night at the museums on Thursday, September 28th, 5pm-9pm.   This month we are partner...
09/19/2023

Join us for a free arts + science night at the museums on Thursday, September 28th, 5pm-9pm.

This month we are partnering with Harvard’s Brain Science Initiative to meet Harvard scientists and students and explore our senses—from how we perceive and process stimuli to exploring how our brain “knows” when we feel hungry, thirsty, or excited.

Participate in activities, enter raffles, and enjoy handcrafted cocktails and mocktails by CraftHouse Bartending (available for purchase with valid government ID).

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. RSVPs are encouraged, but walk-in visitors are always welcome. https://bit.ly/3sSf5e4

Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, in collaboration with the Harvard Brain Science Initiative, and the Cambridge Science Festival

ArtsThursdays is a university-wide initiative supported by Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA).

Image courtesy of Fan Zhang, Lab of Lauren Jean O'Donnell, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

On the front lawn of the  Harvard Museum of Natural History, visit Where We Belong: Tree Chuangs, a community art projec...
09/18/2023

On the front lawn of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, visit Where We Belong: Tree Chuangs, a community art project commissioned by the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.

The three site-specific textile sculptures are on view through October 31. Artist Xinan Ran created them in collaboration with local communities and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Sixty-six people ages 14–80 contributed through hands-on workshops offered by the HMSC Museum Education department.

Participants created unique fabric collages, blue sun prints, and vinyl word art projects. Once quilted, these individual textile patches, rich with visual vocabularies and personal narratives, act as snapshots of the participants’ lived experience. Ran fabricated the sculptures in the form of traditional Chinese chuangs—cylindrical textiles covered in written prayers to keep Buddhist teachings active when no one is present to recite them. Step inside and reflect on how and where you belong.

Photos by EJSP Visual - Julieta Sarmiento Photography

¡Celebremos El Salvador! ¡Este domingo!17 de septiembre, 12:00-3:00 pmMuseo de Historia Natural de Harvard (26 Oxford St...
09/14/2023

¡Celebremos El Salvador! ¡Este domingo!
17 de septiembre, 12:00-3:00 pm

Museo de Historia Natural de Harvard (26 Oxford Street) y Museo Peabody de Arqueología y Etnología (11 Divinity Avenue)

Evento especial para todas las edades https://bit.ly/ElSalvadorHMSC

Celebre la vibrante cultura e historia natural de El Salvador. Disfrute de los cautivadores bailes folclóricos del Grupo Torogoz y pruebe actividades como moler maíz y pintar con insectos cochinillas. Participe en una búsqueda del tesoro y descubra el rico patrimonio de animales, minerales y artefactos de la región. Únase a un arqueólogo para una visita virtual a Joya de Cerén, la Pompeya de Latinoamérica. Tómese un descanso con la hora de cuentos en español, disfrute de comida tradicional salvadoreña (a la venta) de Dos Manos Kitchen y participe en la rifa de una cesta de regalos del museo. ¡Todos son bienvenidos a explorar, aprender y celebrar con nosotros!

12:30 and 2:30 pm: bailes folclóricos por el Grupo Torogoz
1:00 pm: visita virtual a Joya de Cerén con un arqueólogo
1:30 pm: hora de cuentos en español

Entrada gratuita. Estacionamiento gratuito en el estacionamiento de 52 Oxford Street Garage. Presentado por el Museo de Historia Natural de Harvard, el Museo Peabody de Arqueología y Etnología y los Museos de Ciencia y Cultura de Harvard, y Vocero Hispano Newspaper, en colaboración con el Consulado General de El Salvador en Boston y el Ministerio de Cultura del Gobierno de El Salvador.

¡Celebremos El Salvador! All Ages Special Event this Sunday!
September 17, 2023, 12pm - 3pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Celebrate the vibrant culture and natural history of El Salvador. Enjoy captivating folk dances by Grupo Torogoz and try hands-on activities including corn grinding and painting with cochineal insects. Go on a scavenger hunt and discover the rich heritage of animals, minerals, and artifacts from the region. Join an archaeologist for a live-streamed tour of Joya de Cerén, the Pompeii of Latin America. Take a break with Spanish Story Time, enjoy traditional Salvadoran cuisine (available for purchase) by Dos Manos Kitchen, and enter a raffle to win a museum gift basket. All are welcome to explore, learn, and celebrate with us!

12:30 and 2:30 pm: Folk dances by Grupo Torogoz
1:00 pm: Livestreamed tour of Joya de Cerén with an archaeologist
1:30 pm: Spanish Story Time

Free admission. Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, and Vocero Hispano, in collaboration with the Consulate General of El Salvador in Boston and Ministry of Culture, Government of El Salvador.

09/10/2023

≠Toma holding his granddaughter, Khuan//a, daughter of //Ao and ≠Nisa. In this 1952-53 photo by Marshall family expeditions photographer Anneliese Scherz, family relationships were carefully noted as part of the team’s multidisciplinary efforts to document the Ju/’hoan people of the Kalahari. Gift of Laurence K. Marshall and Lorna J. Marshall, 2001.29.267 https://bit.ly/PeabodyGrandparentsDay

This afternoon we celebrate the collaborative, community project Where We Belong: Tree Chuangs. The free, outdoor openin...
09/08/2023

This afternoon we celebrate the collaborative, community project Where We Belong: Tree Chuangs. The free, outdoor opening takes place in front of the Harvard Museum of Natural History from 4 pm to 4:30 pm. https://bit.ly/TreeChuangsProject

Three site-specific textile sculptures, designed by artist Xinan Ran and collaboratively created with local communities, sway from tree branches and invite us to connect to experiences of belonging. Seventy-five individual pieces are combined into a traditional Chinese chuang—a cylindrical textile commonly used in Buddhism.

The works encourage us to see all the different ways in which we belong and learn to connect to each other. Join us for iced tea, potluck desserts, and an open mic to share your own response.

The tree chuangs will remain on view through October 31.

We are excited for the opening of the Tree Chuangs community art project this coming Friday! Where We Belong: Tree Chuan...
09/03/2023

We are excited for the opening of the Tree Chuangs community art project this coming Friday!

Where We Belong: Tree Chuangs is a community art project which invited more than 60 people from Harvard and community organizations to contribute artworks responding to prompts such as “What gives you a sense of belonging?”

We worked with Brooklyn artist Xinan Ran to create hanging sculptures from the artworks in the form of traditional Chinese chuangs — cylindrical textiles covered in written prayers to keep Buddhist teachings active when no one is present to recite them. Three trees on the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s front lawn will each support a sculpture from Sept. 8 to Oct. 31.

Read the full article: https://bit.ly/TreeChuangsGazette

Photos by Julieta Sarmiento/ EJSP Visual

First-year Bimba Carpenter lifted her artwork from the table. Moments earlier, she had finished a design, carefully rendered in puff paint on a rectangle ...

09/01/2023

In the exhibition "Swimming with Sharks" we celebrate a variety of sharks and their unique talents. The largest fish and largest living non mammalian vertebrate is the whale shark. Despite its size and its massive mouth, whale sharks are filter feeders, eating only tiny plankton and small fishes. Their teeth are tiny and pose no threat to humans!


For this month’s episode host Jennifer Berglund explores the Peabody Museum’s repatriation process of returning meaningf...
08/30/2023

For this month’s episode host Jennifer Berglund explores the Peabody Museum’s repatriation process of returning meaningful objects back to origin communities. Recently a sacred totem pole was returned to the Gitxaała Nation in British Columbia. It was taken from the Nation by a ship captain 126 years ago before coming to the Peabody.

Dustin Johnson, a member of and Cultural Program Manager for the Gitxaała Nation, and Kara Schneiderman, the Peabody's Director of Collections, speak with Jennie about the meaning of sending such an important piece of cultural heritage back home to the people of the remote village of Lax Klan in the Gitxaała Nation.

Dustin coordinated the return, reaching out to Elders and Hereditary Chiefs. He says, “Four Elder Matriarchs removed the veil to show the community what the pole looks like. It was very emotional for a lot of people. The pole is like one of our ancestors and bringing home the pole is like bringing home one of our great past Chiefs. It was a great wake-up call for us because this is the start of many more to come.”

Kara says, “The return marks the first international repatriation of a cultural item for the Peabody. It has made us think more broadly about how we approach our relatively new model of ethical stewardship and recognize that sometimes that means that to properly care for an item, it has to be returned. Repatriation isn't something that museums need to be afraid of. It doesn't take something away from the museum, because it's replaced with the relationship that you build with that community.”

Listen to the episode: https://bit.ly/HMSCPodcast

Photo of Dustin by Brenna Innes

08/30/2023

NOW FEATURED in our Special Exhibitions Gallery, Science Center 251: Surveillance: From Vision to Data! https://bit.ly/CHSISurveillance

This timely exhibit considers surveillance beyond the realm of cameras and their watchers, exposing the profound influence of data. Learn about the historical instruments that have been used to transform individuals and landscapes into data. Uncover how powerful entities, from colonial empires to U.S. intelligence agencies, have harnessed surveillance data to produce and perpetuate social hierarchies.

Immerse yourself in interactive critical artworks that challenge and resist surveillance through data. Look beyond vision and toward data to reveal an elusive, and now ubiquitous, form of visibility.

Come to our opening of "Where We Belong: Tree Chuangs" to view textile sculptures called tree chuangs, designed by artis...
08/26/2023

Come to our opening of "Where We Belong: Tree Chuangs" to view textile sculptures called tree chuangs, designed by artist Xinan Ran with local communities. The cylindrical textile is commonly used in Buddhism and is comprised of individual pieces. The works encourage us to see different ways in which we belong, and learn to connect to each other.

The free outdoor event takes place on Friday, September 8 at 4pm - 4:30 pm outside the Harvard Museum of Natural History. https://bit.ly/TreeChuangsOpening

The tree chuangs will remain on view through October 31.

Beam Center photo: Stefany Lazar

08/17/2023

Shehuo: Community Fire 社火 Plan your Visit Celebrating 10 Years Together! The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is a partnership of four Harvard museums designed to coordinate captivating programming, permanent galleries, and dynamic rotating exhibits for everyone! HMSC invites you to c...

Throwing back to when HMSC Connects! podcast host Jennifer Berglund interviewed Adam J. Aja, curator of Mediterranean Ma...
08/17/2023

Throwing back to when HMSC Connects! podcast host Jennifer Berglund interviewed Adam J. Aja, curator of Mediterranean Marketplaces exhibit at the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East. Listen to the full interview here: https://bit.ly/HMSCPodcast.

Adam hunts for artifacts of the ancient past and is now the chief curator at the museum. At the time of this recording, he was assistant curator of collections, managing over 40,000 objects.

He said, "Archaeological collections can remain important years after they've been removed from the soil because technology and science continue to advance. We don't know how new discoveries can be applied to these old collections. In fact, that's one of the great strengths of the HMANE collections, because we have these abandoned or previously published archaeological collections that we continually tap into for new studies."

08/14/2023

Throughout the course of human civilization, societies have always found a way to have some fun. Learn how to play the game of "20 squares" by watching these videos. This game was part of the museum’s “Houses of Ancient Israel” exhibit. https://hmane.harvard.edu/games

Learn more about other games from across campus: https://www.harvard.edu/in-focus/games

¡Celebremos El Salvador! https://bit.ly/ElSalvadorHMSCDomingo, 17 de septiembre, 12:00-3:00 pmMuseo de Historia Natural ...
08/12/2023

¡Celebremos El Salvador! https://bit.ly/ElSalvadorHMSC

Domingo, 17 de septiembre, 12:00-3:00 pm

Museo de Historia Natural de Harvard (26 Oxford Street) y Museo Peabody de Arqueología y Etnología (11 Divinity Avenue)

Evento especial para todas las edades

Celebre la vibrante cultura e historia natural de El Salvador. Disfrute de los cautivadores bailes folclóricos del Grupo Torogoz y pruebe actividades como moler maíz y pintar con insectos cochinillas. Participe en una búsqueda del tesoro y descubra el rico patrimonio de animales, minerales y artefactos de la región. Únase a un arqueólogo para una visita virtual a Joya de Cerén, la Pompeya de Latinoamérica. Tómese un descanso con la hora de cuentos en español, disfrute de comida tradicional salvadoreña (a la venta) y participe en el sorteo de una cesta de regalos del museo. ¡Todos son bienvenidos a explorar, aprender y celebrar con nosotros!

Entrada gratuita.

Estacionamiento gratuito en el estacionamiento de 52 Oxford Street.

We are kicking off our first program of the season on Sunday, September 17th! During the ¡Celebremos El Salvador! event visitors can celebrate the vibrant culture and natural history of El Salvador.

Enjoy captivating folk dances by Grupo Torogoz and try hands-on activities including corn grinding and painting with cochineal insects. Go on a scavenger hunt and discover the rich heritage of animals, minerals, and artifacts from the region. Join an archaeologist for a live-streamed tour of Joya de Cerén, the Pompeii of Latin America.

Take a break with Spanish Story Time, enjoy traditional Salvadoran cuisine (available for purchase), and enter a raffle to win a museum gift basket. All are welcome to explore, learn, and celebrate with us!

See more details: https://bit.ly/ElSalvadorHMSC

Free admission and parking. All ages welcome.

Presented in collaboration with the Consulado General de El Salvador en Boston, Massachusetts and the Ministerio de Cultura de El Salvador.

08/09/2023

Happy National Book Lovers Day! The new book “Zhang Xiao: Community Fire” by Gardner Fellow Zhang Xiao (Peabody Museum Press/Aperture) features 150 photographs, a selection of which are on view in the exhibition Shehuo: Community Fire.

Zhang focused on Shehuo (社火), the spring festival celebrated in rural China, marking its transition from a heterogeneous cultural tradition with myriad regional variations to a mostly tourist-facing, consumption-oriented enterprise.
https://bit.ly/CommunityFireBook

Villagers pose in standing crane outfits, Huozhuang Village, Henan Province
单人站立仙鹤套装, 河南省霍庄村, 2019

08/04/2023

Clouded leopards spend a significant amount of their day in trees to hunt and avoid predators. Instead of purring, clouded leopards omit a sound called “prusten," which sounds similar to snorting.

The clouded leopard is estimated to have been the first cat that genetically diverged from the common ancestor of the Felidae, 9.32 to 4.47 million years ago.

Visit the Asia gallery to see more examples of big cats, like the impressive Siberian and Bengal tigers.

08/02/2023

This Dreaming the Sphinx exhibit displays a resin cast of the Great Sphinx of Egypt’s Dream Stela, and is best experienced with a companion augmented reality app (available to borrow from the Front Desk).

The original stela—an expertly carved monument—can be found between the paws of the Great Sphinx. The story it tells is a romantic one: the young Prince Thutmose IV falls asleep by the Sphinx, who then appears to Thutmose in a dream, offering him the throne if he will only liberate the Sphinx from all the sand covering his body.

Host Jennifer Berglund speaks with Shoyo Sato, an invertebrate biologist who just finished his Ph.D. at Harvard (Museum ...
07/26/2023

Host Jennifer Berglund speaks with Shoyo Sato, an invertebrate biologist who just finished his Ph.D. at Harvard (Museum of Comparative Zoology). They speak about his experience volunteering at the Harvard Museum of Natural History since age 12, how both he and the museum have changed, and what it's like to look back on the time he spent with the museum as he steps into a new era of his life.

They discuss how his parents sparked his love of the outdoors, and how tying flies for fly fishing led to his interest in entomology, which evolved into studying social spiders in the Ecuadorian Amazon and velvet worms at Harvard.

Shoyo says, “Because of my experience as a volunteer, I've always had this teaching or communication aspect to what I do, and it's affected how I give talks at scientific meetings and how I write papers, and ultimately, my career goals. I'm thinking of going into more of a primarily undergraduate institution where it's more teaching oriented rather than researching oriented.”

Listen: https://bit.ly/HMSCPodcast

Zhang Xiao's new book "Community Fire," co-published by Aperture and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, is...
07/21/2023

Zhang Xiao's new book "Community Fire," co-published by Aperture and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, is out now! The exhibit is on view through mid-April, 2024. https://bit.ly/community-fire

In his project "Community Fire," a Peabody Museum Gardner recipient photographer, Zhang Xiao, takes a local look at Shehuo (社火), a Chinese Spring Festival tradition celebrated in rural Northern Chinese communities.

Xiao’s new book, co-published by and the Peabody Museum, is now available: https://bit.ly/community-fire.

Take a look inside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB_lbZK3Ftk.

The related exhibit Shehuo: Community Fire is on view in the museum through April 14, 2024�. https://bit.ly/CommunityFire

All images: From Zhang Xiao: Community Fire (Aperture, 2023).

07/20/2023

Happy National Moon Day! King Esarhaddon is shown keeping his eyes to the sky in this large stela. Among the twelve gods he worships in this depiction is Sin, the moon god, shown as a crescent moon. You can see the Victory Stela of Esarhadden on the museum's third floor. https://bit.ly/HMANEVisit

Celebrate shark week by visiting the Harvard Museum of Natural History exhibit "Swimming with Sharks: A Deep Dive into S...
07/19/2023

Celebrate shark week by visiting the Harvard Museum of Natural History exhibit "Swimming with Sharks: A Deep Dive into Shark Biology and Behavior." https://bit.ly/1wRLIRi

Looking for ways to celebrate Shark Week? Here are some upcoming events in Boston and around Massachusetts.

07/12/2023

Vermont was hit hard by flooding this week. Extreme precipitation events are a consequence of increasing moisture in our warming atmosphere, and have become more common.

Places like Nashville, TN, Boulder, CO, and Houston, TX, and more have seen storms that dropped many inches of rain during a single event.

The exhibit Climate Change features research and insights from Harvard scientists about climate change, and how best to respond. https://bit.ly/ClimateChangeExhibitHMNH

07/11/2023

David P. Wheatland officially founded the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in 1950, at which time he became its first curator, working for the generously agreed upon salary of $1.00 per year. He held the post until 1964, at which time the position was made honorary.

The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments continued to grow under Mr. Wheatland’s care, and he also began a private collection of instruments with the idea of supplementing and filling in the gaps in the Harvard Collection.

Approximately ninety-five percent of the apparatus, books, and other items in the CHSI were at some point touched by Mr. Wheatland. They were rescued, conserved, documented, and housed, bought, donated, treasured, and shared. Without his vision and unstinting generosity, this Collection would not exist.

07/07/2023

What are curator Adam Aja’s favorite parts of the Mediterranean Marketplaces exhibition? Hear Adam share a few of his favorite objects and places in this audio tour. Enjoy it in the gallery or at home! https://tinyurl.com/MedMarketplaceAudioTour

07/01/2023

Following an international search, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, is pleased to announce the selection of Munem Wasif as the 2023 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography. The fellowship provides a $50,000 stipend to begin or complete a proposed project followed by th...

This week’s podcast guests are Abbie Sandoval-Focil, a bilingual museum educator at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology an...
06/28/2023

This week’s podcast guests are Abbie Sandoval-Focil, a bilingual museum educator at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Mia Hortado, a participant in the Hear Me Out/Escúchame grant program. They speak with host Jennie Berglund about growing the project through the pandemic, and into its third year, as well as the ongoing Teen Saturdays series.

The program was created to reach out to teens in the Latino community across Massachusetts, and serve the communities they live in. They talk about the different exhibit-inspired activities, and interacting with Harvard professors, Harvard Latinx students, and museum visitors to inform and showcase their individual works.

Abbie says, “We wanted to welcome teens to engage in museum programming to give them a broader knowledge of cultural topics, scientific knowledge, and have a sense of what we do. We need to send out the message that this is a place where you belong … whether it's for learning, leisure, or just a fun time.”

Mia on her Hear Me Out/Escúchame experience: “I think it’s very important for the museum to be more open to every kind of people from different backgrounds, with different stories.”

Listen to the episode: https://bit.ly/HMSCPodcastHMO

Learn more about the Hear Me Out/Escúchame program: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/hear

Photos: Mia’s artwork; HMO/E student Cinthia Alvarado and Abbie Sandoval-Focil.

Have you visited the newly renovated Earth and Planetary Sciences gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History? The ...
06/27/2023

Have you visited the newly renovated Earth and Planetary Sciences gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History? The tourmaline mini exhibit is dazzling.

Happy Mineral Monday! Step inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s newly renovated Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery. https://bit.ly/HMNHGems

The expansive space displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones, including a stunning new display of Maine’s most famous mineral, tourmaline. Marvel at their array of colors and intricate formations and discover which elements give them their particular hues.

Uncover the mysteries of our planet's origins revealed in ancient meteorites and terrestrial rock that contains some of Earth’s oldest minerals such as zircon crystals that have survived intact for 4.3 billion years! Visitors can also touch rock and mineral specimens that date back to the beginning of our solar system.

Whether you're a gemstone enthusiast or simply intrigued by Earth’s wonders, don’t miss exploring this dazzling gallery of minerals.

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On Saturday, December 3, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is hosting Birds & Blooms. Explore the lives and behaviors of Northeastern birds that spend their winter in Latin America in their Birds of the World gallery and learn about flowers from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico in the Blaschka Glass Flowers gallery. Try some hands-on activities led by Hear Me Out/Escúchame teens, see their newest mini-exhibit, and decorate a bird or flower mask. Entry included with regular museum admission. Free parking at the 52 Oxford St garage.
Este 29 de octubre el Harvard Museums of Science & Culture realizara un gran evento especial en persona para celebrar la “Fiesta familiar del Día de los Muertos” con motivo del 20º Aniversario.
The Day of the Dead Family Fiesta returns on October 29! The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the popular event and are happy to welcome visitors to learn more about this joyful holiday, a national symbol of Mexico shared with the world. Enjoy activities, crafts, dancing, live music performances, and more. Entry with paid admission. Free parking at the 52 Oxford St garage. https://hmsc.harvard.edu/dia-de-los-muertos-day-of-the-day-fiesta
On October 15, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture are presenting International Archaeology Day: Meet an Archaeologist in Cambridge. Drop in to learn about archaeology with graduate students. Free with regular museum admission. Learn more: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/event/international-archaeology-day-meet-archaeologist
What's new in the world of shark science and conservation? David Shiffman joins Harvard Museums of Science & Culture to answer your questions about the world's most understood predator.

🗓️ 9/6 at 6:00 pm ET, in-person and virtual

Details: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/event/why-sharks-matter-shark-science-and-conservation
One of our most eclectic and educational partners Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is open for FREE all day tomorrow 8/16 from 9 am- 5 pm for August Adventures 2022!

Check out some of their exhibits and tag us in your favorite pictures from the day!
The Massachusetts heat wave might be over, but August Adventures 2022 is still cooking! Week 3 has events all over the state and we are thankful for our partners and all who attend!

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History Nichols House Museum Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Historic Deerfield Pilgrim Hall Museum The Museum of Russian Icons The Maria Mitchell Association

Full schedule: https://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures
Happy ! Celebrate by revisiting the online exhibition "Women of the Museum, 1860–1920: Behind-the-Screens at the Museum of Comparative Zoology." https://bit.ly/WomenoftheMuseum

The exhibit explores the history of the women who worked in the collections, offices, and labs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.

Listen to curator Reed Gochberg, Assistant Director of Studies and a Lecturer on History and Literature in the Harvard History Department talk about the exhibit on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture podcast: https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast

In order of appearance:

Image of Elizabeth Hodges Clark courtesy of the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Image of Elizabeth Lyell Anthony courtesy of Garrison Family Photographs, © Massachusetts Historical Society

Image of Elizabeth Bangs Bryant courtesy of the Museum of Comparative Zoology © President and Fellows of Harvard College.
How are you spending the longest day of the year? Kwani A. Lunis teams up with Harvard Museums of Science & Culture for this 'royally' fun Summer Solstice! 👑
Happy Chelsea! Summer officially began today at 5:14 am. Join the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture to celebrate the longest day of the year, today from 5-9 pm to explore new galleries and exhibits, and hang outside for performances, food trucks, and more!
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¡Feliz Chelsea! El verano comenzó oficialmente hoy a las 5:14 am. Únase a el Museo de Ciencia y Cultura de Harvard para celebrar el día más largo del año, hoy de 5 a 9 pm para explorar nuevas galerías y exhibiciones, y pasar el rato afuera para ver presentaciones, camiones de comida y más.
¡Invitación a la comunidad 🇲🇽!
☀️ 𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮
📆 21/junio | 5 -9 PM EST
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¡𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐚 𝐂𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝗱𝗲 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗼! 🖼️🎼
Consulado General de México en Boston te invita a los siguientes eventos comunitarios:

🎼 Latin American Music Festival: http://ow.ly/fUVK50JrWTH

☀️ Summer Solstice Celebration:
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After a long hiatus, the annual and FREE Summer Solstice Celebration at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is back—in-person! Join them next Tuesday 6/21 on the longest day of the year from 5 pm- 9 pm to explore new galleries, exhibits and hang outside for performances and food trucks!

More info: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/summer-solstice