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Islands: Evolving in Isolation

This Harvard Museum of Natural History exhibition unravels the mysteries of island biodiversity and evolution. Packed with examples from around the globe, the exhibition brings together an enormous array of plant and animal specimens.

Please Note:

The Harvard Semitic Museum and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments will be closed from Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 12 for the holiday weekend.  

Public Lecture

The Power of Tangible Things 

On Monday, October 26, at 6:00 pm, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, Sara Schechner, Sarah Anne Carter, and Samantha van Gerbig, will share perspectives on some of Harvard's collected items and challenge people to discover new ways of looking at, organizing, and interpreting the tangible things in our environment.

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. 


Ancient Mesopotamian Cuisine

On Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 pm, a The Harvard Semitic Museum will offer a curated selection of foods and beverages based on the earliest recorded recipes from the Ancient Near East. Tickets must be purchased online. For a multi-sensory experience, attend a free special event on ancient Mesopotamian music  prior to this reception.