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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

Join in the Solstice fun with this scarab beetle necklace craft! #HarvardSolstice
06/20/2020

Join in the Solstice fun with this scarab beetle necklace craft! #HarvardSolstice

Celebrate the #SummerSolstice with the little ones by creating this scarab beetle necklace.

Khepri is a beetle-faced god in ancient Egyptian religion who represents the rising sun of the morning. He was associated with the dung beetle because they both do similar things: roll balls around.

The god rolls the sun through the underworld at night, pushing it over the horizon to make morning and the beetle rolls a ball collected from animal poop to an underground lair where it can safely eat it or use it as a nest in which to lay its young.

The ancients believed that one kind of dung beetle, Scarabaeus sacer, was only male and reproduced without a female. The solo creation of the beetle was like Khepri, who creates himself out of nothing, so the ancient god also represents life and resurrection.

Download and decorate this necklace worn by both male and female Egyptians during the time of the Pharaohs. https://bit.ly/HMSCDownloadableScarabTemplate.

If you want to draw a scarab beetle as a central jewel, check out this 8-minute how-to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cekzwCIOVV8.

Get more ideas for families like this one in our #HMSCconnects family eNews, distributed on Thursdays: https://bit.ly/signupconnectsfamilies.

Finally, don't forget we have a Virtual #HarvardSolstice Celebration going on today, including musical performances like the 11am performance of Sol y Canto, Latin music for the entire family. Tune into the livestream starting at 10am EST: http://bit.ly/HMSCLivestream.

We are delighted to announce that the Latin, bilingual musical group Sol y Canto will perform as part of our Virtual Sum...
06/19/2020

We are delighted to announce that the Latin, bilingual musical group Sol y Canto will perform as part of our Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday. They have been called “sublime ambassadors of Pan-Latin music” by The Boston Globe.

They will perform irresistible, high-energy music for the entire family, featuring toe-tapping plena, son, calypso, reggae, and more from their Parents' Choice Award-Winning CD, Twice as Many Friends/El Doble de Amigos!

The livestream will begin at 10:00 am EST on Saturday, June 20th. RSVP here to receive the full program and livestream link: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeRSVP. #HarvardSolstice

During our Virtual #SummerSolstice Celebration on Saturday Italian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Fabio Pirozzolo an...
06/18/2020

During our Virtual #SummerSolstice Celebration on Saturday Italian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Fabio Pirozzolo and Shelley Otis, harpist will join forces to deliver a performance that will showcase both Celtic and Southern Italian traditions. Be ready to enjoy the sound of serenades, jigs, reels, tarantellas, and more for this special event.

The #livestream will begin at 10:00 am EST on Saturday, June 20th. See the full program here: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeCelebrationProgram and RSVP here to receive the full program and livestream link: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeRSVP. We hope you can tune in! #HarvardSolstice #WorldMusic

A week ago we kicked off our "Drawing Upon the Collections" HMSC Connects! coloring pages. To commemorate our upcoming V...
06/18/2020

A week ago we kicked off our "Drawing Upon the Collections" HMSC Connects! coloring pages. To commemorate our upcoming Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday we are launching special #HarvardSolstice themed coloring pages from each of the museums.

Included in this mini collection is a Sun from our Solstice design, an Astronomical Compendium from the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the Egyptian Sun God Ra from the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, a painted textile from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and an image of Butterfly Dimorphism from the Harvard Museum of Natural History. https://bit.ly/HMSCConnectsSolsticeColoring

We hope to celebrate with you at the #virtualevent on Saturday! See the full program & RSVP here: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeCelebrationProgram #ColorOurCollections #HMSCconnects

Get ready for the 2020 Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday and make your own flower crown! https://bit.ly/Vi...
06/17/2020

Get ready for the 2020 Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday and make your own flower crown! https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeCelebrationProgram

Making flower crowns is the most popular hands-on activity of the HMSC Summer Solstice Celebration. Get creative and craft your creation using blooms from your own garden, or any materials you may have at home.

Feel free to use these images of our staff, volunteers, and friends as inspiration. Once you've created your crown please share an image of your creation in the comments below. Be sure to wear your crown on summer solstice day when you join in the celebration! You can RSVP for the event here: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeRSVP #HarvardSolstice #MuseumFromHome

We are pleased to announce that during our Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration this coming Saturday, the Cambridge-based...
06/17/2020

We are pleased to announce that during our Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration this coming Saturday, the Cambridge-based nonprofit Kuumunity Collaborations will sing selections that speak to our present and motivate us all towards a better future. Kuumunity will be represented by:

Eden Girma, Harvard AB '18
Tsion Aberra, Harvard AB '11
Paris Woods, Harvard AB '06, EdM '08
Teddy Hickman-Maynard, Harvard AB '00
Willie Jones, UMass Boston BA '16
Under the direction of Sheldon K. X. Reid, Harvard AB '97, EdM '98

Kuumunity Collaborations seeks to create stronger communities by providing budding musicians with the tools, opportunities, and support they need to further develop their craft. The team at Kuumunity believes that music and art have the power to change hearts, communities, and ultimately the world. We hope you can join us! RSVP here to see the full program and receive the livestream link: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeCelebrationProgram. #HarvardSolstice #SummerSolstice #MuseumFromHome

06/16/2020

Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of summer with the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture! While we can’t welcome you to our museums in person just yet, we invite you to join us via this special livestream.

We are looking forward to this talk about Stonehenge from English Heritage during our Virtual Summer Solstice Celebratio...
06/16/2020

We are looking forward to this talk about Stonehenge from English Heritage during our Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration Saturday! RSVP here: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeRSVP #HarvardSolstice #SummerSolstice

We are so happy to announce that the curator and historian from English Heritage, the Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage Site in England, will present during our Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration this Saturday:

https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectsVirtualSolstice2020

Go on a virtual field trip during the livestream to explore the famed English prehistoric monument, and learn why the site was important to the prehistoric peoples who built it. The session will be moderated by Jane Pickering, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

The Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration 2020 will begin Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 am. RSVP here to receive the full program & livestream link: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeRSVP. #HarvardSolstice #HMSCconnects #MuseumFromHome #Stonehenge #VirtualFieldTrip

Photo courtesy of English Heritage Trust.

We are in full swing getting ready for our upcoming Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration 2020. Tune into the livestream o...
06/15/2020

We are in full swing getting ready for our upcoming Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration 2020. Tune into the livestream on Saturday, June 20th, starting at 10:00 am, to celebrate the longest day of the year, and mark the beginning of summer with the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture!

https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectsVirtualSolstice2020

We have a great line-up for you:
Attendees will participate in a virtual field trip to the Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage Site in England, and to Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts to explore the world of oysters. They will also learn about the importance of solstices to mark time throughout history from the Stone Age to the Rocket Age.

Learn about the scientific and cultural significance of the summer solstice and to enjoy an uplifting community event.

Throughout the day we will host uplifting musical performances presented by the Pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto, Fabio Pirozzolo & Shelley Otis, and members of Kuumunity Collaborations. Plus, enjoy a sense of peace and wellness with a short restorative-yoga session.

RSVP here to receive the full program and livestream link: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeRSVP. #HMSCconnects #HarvardSolstice

Photo by Tony Rinaldo.

Extraordinary Things is a #MuseumFromHome series featuring intriguing objects from all four museums that invites you to ...
06/12/2020

Extraordinary Things is a #MuseumFromHome series featuring intriguing objects from all four museums that invites you to explore each "extraordinary thing" with fun activities and from multiple, and sometimes surprising, perspectives.

This week's, “World in Color” featuring a glass model iris (from the new Glass Flowers book! https://bit.ly/GlassFlowersNewBook), Queen Hetepheres’ throne from the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, a Chinese brooch made with kingfisher feathers from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and an experiment in color inspired by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian from the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. Enjoy! https://bit.ly/HMSCWorldInColor #HMSCconnects

Images:
Glass Model of Iris, Harvard Museum of Natural History. Iris versicolor, Blue Flag, #609, Rudolf Blaschka, 1896; Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Harvard University Herbaria; Photograph by Natalja Kent, Copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Edwin H. Land, 1975-1985, Rowland Institute, Harvard University. Gift of the Edwin H. Land Family. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. CHSI 2004-1-0258. Copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College
“Mondrian” Color Panel, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

Queen Hetepheres’ Throne. Copyright The Giza Project, Harvard University, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.

Feather Inlay Brooch. Collected by Sarah Pike Conger, Gift of Sarah Conger Buchan Jewell, 1991 PM # 991-12-60/14981. Copyright Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, President and Fellows of Harvard College.

We are excited to announce the launch of "Drawing Upon the Collections: Coloring Pages." Developed directly from photogr...
06/09/2020

We are excited to announce the launch of "Drawing Upon the Collections: Coloring Pages." Developed directly from photographs and illustrations of museum objects and specimens from all four of our museums, these coloring pages provide a window into the breadth and wonder of Harvard’s collections. Click to explore the detailed images, extend your learning, and add your own artistic perspectives. We’d love to see your artwork! Please share your creations with us in the comments. https://bit.ly/HMSCConnectsDrawingUponTheCollections #ColorOurCollections #HMSCconnects

Our new #HMSCconnects podcast is out! Hear about the power of collections with Jennifer Berglund and Diana Zlatanovski f...
06/09/2020

Our new #HMSCconnects podcast is out! Hear about the power of collections with Jennifer Berglund and Diana Zlatanovski from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. https://bit.ly/HMSCConnectsPodcastZlatanovski

We are pleased to announce a new episode of the HMSC Connects! podcast, hosted by Jennifer Berglund, HMSC exhibit developer. This week Jennifer explores the power of objects with Diana Zlatanovski, Collections Steward at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Diana works with a collection of 1.2 million objects from cultures around the world, specializing in materials collected from contemporary peoples outside North America. Diana has a breadth of interests, a lifelong love for museums, and a deep appreciation for the aesthetic sensibilities of people from both yesterday and today. In the interview they discuss Diana’s formative experience seeing the Pawnee Earth Lodge at the Field Museum, the magic of discovering collections, Egyptology, forgotten sticker collections, the beauty cicada wings, and her forthcoming book: Typology: Collections at the Harvard Museums of Science Culture.

She says, “Museum collections give us a chance to experience a life outside of our own. One of the collections I included in the book is actually a group of stone tools that were collected at Olduvai Gorge, which is a region in Africa that was known to have been inhabited by human ancestors as far back as 2 million years ago. So, when photographing them … I picked up one of the hand axes … .I was absolutely floored by the fact that it fit my hand perfectly …. those grooves were carved to fit somebody else's hand, possibly hundreds of thousands of years ago … .These are the sorts of experiences that these museum collections can offer. And being an anthropology museum, the Peabody's collections also serve to connect us to people today. So to people living around the world, in different environments, surrounded by different things having different experiences than we are. The collections can help us learn what traditions these other cultures have, what their daily life looks like. The better we can relate to and understand others, the more tolerant and accepting we are.”

Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast.

Photo credit: David Weik. #HMSCconnects #podcast

Travel along with Jennifer Berglund and Dave Unger as they explore his start on a sheep farm up until his current work a...
05/28/2020

Travel along with Jennifer Berglund and Dave Unger as they explore his start on a sheep farm up until his current work at the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in the latest episode of the #HMSCconnects! podcast: https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast.

The latest HMSC Connects! podcast episode features an interview between Jennifer Berglund, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture exhibit developer, and Dave Unger, Director of Administration and Operations at the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

Jennifer talks to Dave about how his interest in tools and artifacts began during his childhood living on a sheep farm, visiting the Smithsonian museums, his work at CHSI, and his favorite objects from the collection.

He says, “We had all sorts of stuff around in the barn … it was kind of like living in a in a collection … .Things themselves are interesting and sometimes beautiful or curious, but I think what makes it even more powerful is that it's something that people held and used, and was part of somebody else's life … then it's traveled some path through time and come to your hand, or into a collection, or museum, or a shed … it creates such a such a great connection. I think that's something as I've become professionally involved in museums that's continued to be really important to me.”

Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast. #pauseforart #HMSCconnects #museumfromhome #podcast

Our latest HMSC Connects! podcast episode just dropped. Jennifer Berglund, HMSC exhibit developer, interviews Adam J. Aj...
05/20/2020

Our latest HMSC Connects! podcast episode just dropped. Jennifer Berglund, HMSC exhibit developer, interviews Adam J. Aja, PhD, Assistant Curator of Collections, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Assistant Director, Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, Chief Stratigrapher, Tel Shimron Excavations: https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast.

Adam hunts for treasures from the ancient past, managing over 40k objects as part of his work at the museum. He says, "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."

Future episodes will feature Dave Unger from the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Diana Zlatanovski of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology talking about collections—the value of them, their Museum’s collection in particular, and their history of collecting.

Photo courtesy of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, Photographer: Melissa Aja. #HMSCconnects #MuseumPodcast #Archaeology #AncientNearEast #MuseumFromHome

05/20/2020
Harvard Museum of Natural History

Happy #WorldBeeDay! Check out our video of swarming bees.

We can't enjoy our observation hive in Arthropods this year but we can watch this video about bees swarming from the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers. #WorldBeeDay

Congratulations to our colleague Lindsay Blevins for her beautiful window display as part of the #windowsofharvard Offic...
05/19/2020
Windows of Harvard

Congratulations to our colleague Lindsay Blevins for her beautiful window display as part of the #windowsofharvard Office for the Arts & Harvard Common Spaces initiative. See her work at 0:02. #lovefromharvardsquare #harvardsquare #cambma #pauseforart
https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/windowsofharvard

The Office for the Arts at Harvard and Harvard Common Spaces are excited to present Windows of Harvard: Art from our Community.

Check out our new page of virtual, #MuseumAtHome digital offerings: HMSC Connects! https://bit.ly/HMSCconnects We have r...
05/18/2020

Check out our new page of virtual, #MuseumAtHome digital offerings: HMSC Connects! https://bit.ly/HMSCconnects

We have resources for all ages and interests including virtual events like Summer Solstice, a new podcast from our exhibits team, HMSC story time, a family e-news, and the HMSC Explorers Club feed, with much more to come. #MuseumDay #IMD2020 #InternationalMuseumDay

We are pleased to announce the launch of the HMSC Connects! podcast, a weekly podcast hosted by Harvard Museums of Scien...
05/15/2020

We are pleased to announce the launch of the HMSC Connects! podcast, a weekly podcast hosted by Harvard Museums of Science & Culture exhibit developer Jennifer Berglund. https://bit.ly/HMSCconnectspodcast

In each episode Jennifer goes behind the scenes of the four museums to talk to the scholars, researchers, collection keepers, exhibit designers, and other fascinating individuals who keep the museums humming along and create a compelling array of exhibits and programs. Jennifer and her guests explore the connections between us, our big, beautiful world, and even what lies beyond.

For this first episode, “Andrew Williston and the Museum’s Big Collection of Fishes,” she speaks with Andrew Williston, who manages the Museum of Comparative Zoology's Ichthyology collection, an assemblage of one and a half million specimens of preserved fishes.

They delve into topics around forming collections, the upcoming Sharks exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, his love of baseball cards, robotic viper fish, biodiversity, and more. Andrew says, "People tend to have a knee jerk reaction towards sharks. I hope one thing that people get out of this exhibit is to move past their initial reaction to the word shark."

Future episodes will feature Adam Aja from the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Dave Unger from the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and Diana Zlatanovski of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology talking about collections—the value of them, their Museum’s collection in particular, and their history of collecting. #HMSCconnects

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