CELEBRATION: Summer Solstice at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture


Friday, June 21, 2013, 5:00pm to 9:00pm


The Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Celebrate the longest day of the year with live music, ice cream, hands-on activities, and free admission to all four of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.

Join outdoor festivities on The Plaza located at One Oxford Street in Cambridge:

  • Watch and dance with the Red Herring Morris as they perform seasonal English ritual dances and erect a Solstice May pole ( performances at 5:00 and 6:45 pm)
  • See traditional Aztec dances performed by La Piñata youth, as they celebrate the Solstice with indigenous, folkloric, Latin American music and dance (6:00 pm)
  • Hear the Yarina trio (which means “remembrance” in the native Quichua language of the Incas) evoke the hauntingly beautiful music of the Ecuadorian Andes while incorporating jazz, blues, Latin, and Western classical music; listen to a sample (7:45 pm)
  • Kids can learn all about the stars inside the Starlab Portable planetarium (20-minute shows, every half hour throughout the evening)
  • Be part of a human sundial and tell time by your own shadow
  • Test a Viking sunstone—learn how the Vikings navigated even on a cloudy day using polarizing crystals
  • Enjoy rare public access to the roof deck observatory of the Harvard Science Center for solar–telescope viewing of the fading sun on its longest day—and enjoy a unique vista of the Cambridge and the Boston skyline
  • Shop at all the Museum gift shops with a 20% off sale. (Excludes books at the Peabody Museum and non-sale items)
All HMSC museums will offer free admission and extended hours until 9 pm. See the new exhibitionTime and Time Again at the CHSI; the newly renovated Earth and Planetary Sciences exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History; Stephen Dupont photographs of Papua New Guinea at the Peabody Museum, or a recreated ancient Israelite house at the Harvard Semitic Museum.

Summer Solstice 2013 is free and open to the public. Drop by before or after dinner in Harvard Square, or bring a picnic and stay 'til sunset. In case of rain, the event will move inside the Harvard Science Center.

Parking/Directions: Free event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage, Cambridge. 
The Plaza (located near Sanders Theatre) is a 6-minute walk through Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square Red Line T stop. 617-495-3045