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Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery

The Harvard Museum of Natural History's latest exhibit, Marine Lifewill immerse visitors in the astounding diversity and dynamic interplay among animals in marine communities just off local shores.

Holiday Closing

Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Open Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29.

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Harvard Semitic Museum: Closed Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29.

Public Lecture and Book Signing

Science of the Magical

On Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 pm, science journalist Matt Kaplan, author of The Science of Monsters and Science of the Magical, will explore the rich, lively, and surprising reality behind some of the magical objects, places, and ideas that infuse ancient and modern myths.

Featured Video

Islands: Evolution in Action

The exhibition "Islands: Evolving in Isolation" features video commentary by famed biologist Edward O. Wilson and Harvard Professor Jonathan Losos. Exhibition opened April 25, 2015. 

Public Lecture

Three Ways to Live the High Life: Andean, Tibetan, and East African

On Wednesday, December 2, at 6:00 pm, Cynthia Beall will discuss her groundbreaking research on the genetic and physiological adaptations that each of these populations has developed in order to live in thin-air environments and what these adaptations tell us about the ongoing evolution of our species.

Upcoming Programs