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Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street

The Harvard Museum of Natural History was established in 1998 as the public face of three research museums: the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum. Presenting these incomparable collections and the research of scientists across the University, the Harvard Museum of Natural History's mission is to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery in people of all ages.

Each year, more than 230,000 people take advantage of all that the Harvard Museum of Natural History has to offer. Visitors include about 35,000 school children in groups; adults and children from throughout the region; and tourists from around the country and the world.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the most-visited attraction at Harvard for its historical collections, its temporary exhibitions, and its new permanent galleries.

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Recent News

I Heart Science Festival 2019

Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, or carnivorous plants. Hear short talks on current research at Harvard. Observe…

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Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep Exhibition to Open June 30, 2018 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Cambridge, MA -- Glowing under black lights, California artist Lily Simonson’s luminescent paintings embody a synergy between art and science that reveals new ways of seeing and understanding life forms in the deep ocean. “Being in the…

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'Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight' Exhibition to Open at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Cambridge, MA - Thriving all around, and even within us, is a minute universe of astonishing and diverse lifeforms so small, they cannot be seen by the human eye. Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight explores the fascinating realm of…

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Marine Life Exhibit at Harvard Museum of Natural History

The centerpiece of the new Marine Life exhibition—a floor-to-ceiling recreation 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…

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Summer Science Weeks 2015

Schedule July 6-10, 2015 9:30am - 12:00pm : Summer Science Weeks: Creepy Crawly Critters For children entering grades 1-2 Explore the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Meet a tarantula, search for millipedes,…

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Thoreau’s Maine Woods: Press Preview November 14, 2013

Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller, a new exhibition opens November 16 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau's The Maine Woods,…

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Ongoing Exhibits

You won’t find exhibits like these anywhere else in New England. Comprehensive in scope yet intimate in scale, the Museum presents a rare glimpse at the exotic, and a fresh look at the familiar. Explore the following exhibits, open daily, 9am-5pm,…

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