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 interdisciplinary 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 Semitic Museum 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 Semitic Museum http://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/visit Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/visit

02/26/2020

Join us at 6 pm on Thursday as B. L. Turner II examines the complex social and environmental conditions that affected Maya societies.

02/19/2020

Join us as Mark Margres discusses how Tasmanian devils are adapting to two rare, contagious cancers, and what can be learned about human cancers from studying the disease in other animal species.

02/18/2020
Opening ancient coffins

Opening ancient coffins

Researchers and conservators opened three ancient Egyptian coffins at the Harvard Semitic Museum last month, discovering a never-before-documented image, whi...

02/13/2020

Join us at 6 pm as Fayza Haikal examines Egyptian society's cultural expressions from antiquity to the present, focusing on language, spirituality, superstitions, funerary traditions, and folklore.

02/06/2020

Join us as Carla Martin examines the cacao-chocolate industry and highlights the often-conflicting goals that can create gaps in social and environmental responsibility.

01/27/2020
Semitic Museum

Semitic Museum

Students from Harvard’s Museum Collections Care class helped create these 3D models of three mummy coffins all dated ca. 1000 BC. Now the models can be opened to reveal the images painted inside, and the traces of a resin substance that remain from ancient rituals. It’s Sketchfab's Cultural Heritage and History Top 10 pick for the week! This project has been made possible by the generosity of the Dean’s Competitive Fund.

More information on each of the coffins of Pa-di-mut, Mut-iy-y, and Ankh-Khonsu: https://skfb.ly/6PVBy

01/21/2020
Semitic Museum

Semitic Museum

The Harvard Semitic Museum has on display three richly painted mummy coffins all dated ca. 1000 B.C. We devoted last week to photographing, 3-D scanning, scientifically analyzing, and conserving all three.

To create a workspace, we’ve taken over the Museum’s second-floor gallery, as well as two adjacent NELC seminar rooms. All three mummy coffins were removed from their display cases, and their lids were taken off to reveal the decorations inside. This project has been made possible by the generosity of the Dean’s Competitive Fund.

Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
01/17/2020
Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Benjamin Franklin was called upon Harvard President John Winthrop to purchase scientific instruments. This 4-foot Gregorian reflecting telescope from 1767, proudly displayed in the Putnam Gallery, is one of a suite of instruments purchased by Franklin to replace those lost in a fire that destroyed Mass Hall. #BenjaminFranklinDay #OTD #BenjaminFranklin #FoundingFather

12/23/2019

Holiday Closures:

Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology are closed December 24, 25, and January 1.

Semitic Museum is closed December 24 through January 1.

Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments is closed December 24, 25, January 1 and Saturdays.

Happy holidays!

As you hop planes, trains & automobiles, it may make you feel better to think about how far hummingbirds travel. Each wi...
12/22/2019

As you hop planes, trains & automobiles, it may make you feel better to think about how far hummingbirds travel. Each winter they leave the U.S. or Canada for Central America, traveling up to 500 miles per day. Come see the hummingbird wall in the Birds of the World gallery!

Congratulations to the Semitic Museum's Director, Peter Der Manuelian,  and his team for winning the Gold Award for best...
12/19/2019

Congratulations to the Semitic Museum's Director, Peter Der Manuelian, and his team for winning the Gold Award for best Educational app!

Reimagine Education, London, December 2019: The Giza Project wins Gold Award for best Educational App:
https://www.reimagine-education.com/educational-app-2020/

Harvard Museum of Natural History
12/17/2019

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Have you ever wished that you could talk with other animals? Dr. Dolittle, the imaginary character in the Hugh Lofting book The Story of Doctor Dolittle, could do just that! We just can't wait any longer to share the news about a special, Dr. Dolittle inspired museum activity we dreamed up.

Over the winter break, starting NEXT Saturday (12/21), you and your kiddos can join us for the Animal Talk Scavenger Hunt. Simply grab a sheet from the admission desk or The Shop at HMNH and use the clues to find six of his animal friends in the museum and learn how that animal really communicates. Then, like Doctor Dolittle, tell us what you think that animal is saying by drawing or writing on the sheet.

When you are finished take your sheet to The Shop at HMNH and receive a small gift! Talk back and tag us with your answers, photos, and drawings using the hashtag #HarvardAnimalTalk.

This activity is offered every day except 12/24/10, 12/25/19, and 1/1/20, as we are closed for the holidays. Regular admission rates apply. Hope to see you in the galleries! http://bit.ly/HMNHAnimalTalk

Harvard Museum of Natural History
12/05/2019

Harvard Museum of Natural History

David Donovan is a veteran, and dedicated volunteer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. For over 14 years he has been volunteering at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. You may spot him during the week in Great Mammal Hall, New England Forests, or Glass Flowers! David was a Biology teacher for many years and loves meeting with visitors to answer their burning questions about anatomy, biology, and for the Glass Flowers, “are they REALLY glass”?

David first visited the museum as a student from Suffolk as part of a Marine Biology class field trip. He fell in love with the mammals, and the rest is history! You can find him in the summer at the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center on the Cape Cod National Seashore where he works as a park ranger and runs a class on medicinal plants called, “Healers & invaders.”

His favorite exhibit in the museum is the three-toed sloth because they have extra vertebrae than humans. His other favorite specimen is in the Glass Flowers gallery. Can you find the fly? When he’s preparing to be in the Glass Flowers gallery he likes to research a plant he can speak to visitors about. This week’s plant is Spiderwort, which also grows on Cape Cod. Thank you to David for his amazing work; here’s to many more years! #InternationalVolunteerDay

A Meal Caught in Time
12/03/2019
A Meal Caught in Time

A Meal Caught in Time

At Harvard’s Peabody Museum, a new exhibition explores American social history through food.

This #GivingTuesday, support the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and get your holiday shopping done! Give the gift ...
12/03/2019
One Membership. Four Museums.

This #GivingTuesday, support the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and get your holiday shopping done! Give the gift of experiences to friends and family, and support new exhibitions, free admission for low-income families, and hands-on activities for schoolchildren. Your gift expands access to lifelong learning. We have a special deal running: get two additional months free with all new memberships.

Thank you for your support!

http://bit.ly/BecomeAMemberHMSC

Give your loved ones an experience this holiday season! A gift membership to the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture pr...
11/29/2019
One Membership. Four Museums.

Give your loved ones an experience this holiday season! A gift membership to the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture provides 12 months of exploration, learning, and discovery at our four museums: the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Semitic Museum. An HMSC membership offers behind-the-scenes member-only events, free admission, special discounts, and supports world-class exhibits and educational programming. Two additional months free with all new memberships. Thank you for your support!

http://bit.ly/BecomeAMemberHMSC

Why We Eat What We Do
11/25/2019
Why We Eat What We Do

Why We Eat What We Do

"Resetting the Table," a new exhibit at the Peabody Museum, examines American food traditions.

11/20/2019

Join us at 6 PM on Thursday, November 21 as Robert McCracken Peck discusses the remarkable life and natural history paintings of Edward Lear (1812–1888).

11/18/2019

Join us on Tuesday, November 19th as Elizabeth Minor discusses human sacrifice in the Kerma Kingdom, an ancient Nubian civilization.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
11/14/2019

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

The new exhibition Resetting the Table: Food and Our Changing Tastes opens this Saturday, November 16.

Food has long been a uniquely powerful measure of social inclusion: Who gets to eat oysters or drink champagne, and how might these privileges change over time?

https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/resetting-the-table-exhibition

11/12/2019

Join us at 6 PM this Wednesday, November 13, as Harmit Malik discusses the significant role that ancient viruses played in shaping contemporary human biology.

11/05/2019

Join us at 6 pm on Thursday, November 7th as Susan Alberts discusses how the social environment affects physical health and belonging in both humans and baboons

10/28/2019

Join us tomorrow at 6 PM as Philip Jones discusses the complicated legacy of a Harvard expedition to Australia in the 1930s aimed at understanding its Indigenous communities.

“This is understanding America through an African American lens. Part of changing the narrative is embracing much more o...
10/25/2019
The story of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“This is understanding America through an African American lens. Part of changing the narrative is embracing much more of African American history.”

Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, recalls his challenges in founding the National Museum of African American History and Culture

10/22/2019

Join us tomorrow at 6 pm as Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch engages in a conversation with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to discuss the significance and impact of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Celebrate International Archaeology Day this Sunday! “Shrink” yourself down to “walk” into an ancient Maya vessel using ...
10/18/2019
Augmented Reality Maya Chocolate Plate

Celebrate International Archaeology Day this Sunday! “Shrink” yourself down to “walk” into an ancient Maya vessel using augmented reality at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, https://bit.ly/32sD69J or “travel” in fifteen minutes to an archaeological site in Ashkelon, Israel to explore the first-ever excavation of a Philistine burial ground at the Semitic Museum, https://bit.ly/2pztICi.

10/16/2019

Join us tonight at 6 pm for our livestream lecture! Three Boston-based artists will engage in a conversation with author Emily Freidenrich and museum curator Narayan Khandekar to discuss the human presence in objects or artwork.

10/09/2019

Join us at 6 pm on Thursday, October 10th for our next lecture. Barbara Schaal will discuss the domestication of plants and animals and how this type of selection has influenced their genetics, evolution, and capacity to flourish.

09/27/2019
Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History

The U.S. is celebrating #ClimateWeek and generating a lot of important conversations around #climatechange. Inform yourself on the latest topics and challenges in our Climate Change exhibit, which includes engaging video and storm simulations, a “check your knowledge” interactive station, and a dramatic inside look at a high-tech Argo float from the Woods-Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the exhibit offers visitors the hard facts­­—the knowns and unknowns—about one of the greatest challenges the world faces. http://bit.ly/ClimateChangeExhibitHMNH

09/25/2019

Join us at 6 pm on Thursday, September 26th for the livestreaming of "Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues." Focusing on the ancient world of the pharaohs and on the Late Antique world that emerged following Egyptian conversion to Christianity, Edward Bleiberg will examine the patterns of damage inflicted on Egyptian images for personal, political, religious, and criminal reasons.

09/24/2019

Join us at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 25th for the livestreaming of "Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth." Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers look across species and evolutionary time to find answers to a single, consequential question: Why do some adolescents safely, successfully, and independently enter the adult world, while so many others do not?

09/16/2019

Join us at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 17th for our next livestream, Assembling the Dinosaur. Tracing the links among dinosaurs, capitalism, and culture, Lukas Rieppel will reveal how these giant reptiles became intertwined with commercial culture, philanthropic interests, and the popular imagination during America’s long Gilded Age.

Gabriela Badillo, Maung Nyeu, and Maria Luisa Parra-Velasco take part in a panel discussion about what can to be done to...
09/11/2019

Gabriela Badillo, Maung Nyeu, and Maria Luisa Parra-Velasco take part in a panel discussion about what can to be done to embed culturally and linguistically sustainable practices for heritage languages in teaching, parenting, and social activities.

Thank you to all of our members!
08/22/2019

Thank you to all of our members!

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a dynamic partnership of our museum plus three sister museums: The Harvard Museum of Natural History (home of the Glass Flowers), The Harvard Semitic Museum (home to the full-scale reproduction of an ancient Egyptian throne belonging to Queen Hetepheres), and The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (Gregorian reflecting telescopes, & more).

We are looking forward to hosting our Annual Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Member Appreciation Night this evening. Members will take part in family-friendly activities, and interact with the collections in new and fun ways.

One Membership opens the doors to behind-the-scenes tours, discounts on classes, and opportunities to interact personally with celebrated scientists, archaeologists, artists, and experts from Harvard and around the world. Additionally, membership supports the museums’ ability to bring dynamic exhibitions and engaging public programs to a broad and diverse audience. Join today! http://bit.ly/2TVWFU9

Hakuna matata, what a wonderful phrase!
08/20/2019

Hakuna matata, what a wonderful phrase!

The amazing, new live-action remake of the #LionKing is still in theaters. Top off the experience with a trip to see Simba and Pumba in the Africa gallery. Hakuna matata!

Use AR technology to discover more about the Dream Stela (the original can be found between the paws of the Great Sphinx...
08/16/2019
Semitic Museum

Use AR technology to discover more about the Dream Stela (the original can be found between the paws of the Great Sphinx) at the Semitic Museum. While in the gallery, visitors will be able to use an app to see how a three dimensional Sphinx looked during different time periods, as well as translations of the Dream Stela's hieroglyphics. #FreeFunFridays

We are thrilled to see so many visitors using the augmented reality feature in our Dream Stela gallery during the Highland Street Foundation-sponsored #FreeFunFridays. Learn more about the technology, and what's available at the museum everyday: https://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/dream-stela

#FreeFunFridays at the museums is still in full swing!
08/16/2019

#FreeFunFridays at the museums is still in full swing!

Two more hours to take advantage of our #FreeFunFridays deal through the Highland Street Foundation. Come see a real #moonrock in our new Cosmic Origins exhibit, located off the Mineralogical & Geological Museum gallery. http://bit.ly/2L9xZ9a

Don't miss #FreeFunFridays at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Visit our #climatechange video learning center, ...
08/16/2019

Don't miss #FreeFunFridays at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Visit our #climatechange video learning center, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology All the World is Here exhibit, Painting the Deep, the Kronosaurus, and more! The Semitic Museum & Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments are open all day as well. http://bit.ly/2TE8IoZ

We are FREE all day this Friday, August 16! Stop by at one of our four museums for great exhibits! #freefunfridayFor tra...
08/12/2019
Free Fun Friday 2019!

We are FREE all day this Friday, August 16! Stop by at one of our four museums for great exhibits! #freefunfriday

For transportation tips, map of the area, and addresses to all four museums, go to our website! https://hmsc.harvard.edu/event/free-fun-friday-2019

This event is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019, 9:00am to 5:00pm Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street; Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Avenue; Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, 1 Oxford Street; Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue Enjoy free admission on Friday, August 16 a...

Harvard Museum of Natural History
08/08/2019

Harvard Museum of Natural History

The fishing cat is a wild cat from Asia, and is the largest cat in the Prionailurus genus, which includes the leopard cat. It lives in wetlands, swamps and mangroves, and can swim long distances under water. Fishing cats have been observed while hunting along the edges of watercourses, grabbing prey from the water, and sometimes diving into the water to catch prey further from the banks. Their main prey is fish, comprising three-quarters of their diet, with the remainder consisting of birds, insects, and small rodents. Can you find this one in our Asia gallery? #InternationalCatDay

Harvard Museum of Natural History
08/05/2019

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating this August! Peridot is a lovely accompaniment to the heat of August. This gem with a cool lime to olive green color is a variety of forsterite, the magnesium rich end-member of the olivine group. The intensity of its green color depends on how much iron is present. Olivines are a main constituent of igneous rocks from the mantle that were carried to the Earth’s surface by volcanic activity and can also be found in meteorites. This one is from St. John Island, Red Sea, Egypt. Come see more examples in our gem gallery! #mineralmonday

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