Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

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The mission of the Harvard Museums of Science and 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.

History

The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) consortium was established on July 1, 2012 by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Michael D. Smith, to develop a strong, coordinated public face for the six museums that are within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard:

The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Mineralogical and Geological Museum

Harvard Semitic Museum

Harvard University Herbaria

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

It includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History, formed in 1998, which is the public face of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, the Harvard University Herbaria and the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

HMSC has a Faculty Executive Board, which includes the directors of the member museums, senior administrators, faculty-at-large, and the HMSC Executive Director. Both the Executive Director and members of the Faculty Executive Board serve at the discretion of the Dean.

Upcoming Events at Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Monday, Oct 15, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Monday, Oct 22, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Monday, Oct 29, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Friday, Nov 2, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Friday, Nov 9, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Monday, Nov 19, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Thursday, Nov 22, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Sunday, Nov 25, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Monday, Nov 26, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

Friday, Nov 30, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Cambridge, MA
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