What's Happening


Islands: Evolving in Isolation

The Harvard Museum of Natural History's exhibition, Islands: Evolving in Isolation, 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, including lizards, giant pitcher plants, and a rare fossil cast of Homo floresiensis, a relative of modern humans.

The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Exhibition Advisory

Due to the Cabot Library Renovation Project, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments' Putnam Gallery is closed through July 5, 2016.

Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology & Culture will remain open and will be accessible via the Oxford Street and Littauer entrances to the building. Please note, disability access will be available through the Littauer entrance only. We apologize for any inconvenience.


In Fine Feather: Selections from the Peabody Museum Collections

Feathers, large and small, plain and colorful, have been used for millennia to enhance the beauty and power of clothing and other objects. Highlighting rare and beautiful pieces from the Peabody Museum’s collections, this small exhibit explores the ways in which feathers have been used to signal or endow beauty, wealth, status, and spiritual well-being in cultures around the world.

Holiday Closing

The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Harvard Semitic Museum are closed Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 for the holiday weekend.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology will be open for the holiday weekend.

Special Event

Glass Flowers Soirée

Friday, July 22, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, guests over 21 are invited this one-of-a-kind evening event to celebrate the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Glass Flowers exhibition. Come with a date, come with friends, or make new friends as you enjoy signature cocktails and music while strolling through the museum’s sixteen exhibitions!

Upcoming Programs