Past Events

  • 2013 Mar 12

    Evolution Matters lecture by Robert Hazen

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.

    FROM THE BIG BANG TO BROADWAY How Things Evolve Evolution Matters lecture by Robert Hazen, research scientist, Carnegie Geophysical Laboratory and Professor of Earth Sciences, George Mason University Evolution by natural selection (Darwinism) has long been a lightning rod for anti-science rhetoric. Such attacks are usually reserved for the biological realm, but Darwin’s opponents must now face evidence that complex evolving systems also drive phenomena beyond life science, such as the diversification of minerals on Earth and other planets, the chemical elements in stars, and even the...

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  • 2013 Mar 09

    FAMILY FESTIVAL: "STORIES THROUGH TIME"

    9:00am to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    STORIES THROUGH TIME Family Festival Take a time-travel trip. Consider how our human ancestors lived. Play a 3,000-year-old game. Visualize changes in season and climate. Using specimens from the Museum collections and special hands-on activities, Stories Through Time invites you to explore our past with faculty, students, and curators from Harvard's science and cultural museums. Regular Museum admission rates apply. Free for HMNH members. Read more about other HMNH lectures, events, and classes: http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/lectures_classes_...

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  • 2013 Mar 06

    KIDS' CLASSES: CREATURE CREATORS (6 WEEKS)

    Repeats every week until Wed Apr 10 2013 .
    3:30pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    WEDNESDAYS: MARCH 6–APRIL 10 (6 WEEKS), 3:40–5:00 PM CREATURE CREATORS A Drawing Class for Kids (Ages 7–12) Sketch real animals in the museum’s vast zoological collections, examining teeth, talons, wings and tails—and then apply what you’ve seen to invent completely new creatures inspired by nature! Taught by professional artist and educator, Erica Beade. $108 members/$120 nonmembers Read more about other HMNH lectures, events, and classes: http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/lectures_classes_events.html

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  • 2013 Mar 05

    MEMBER EVENT: "TREE OF LIFE" INSTALLATION PREVIEW

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    "TREE OF LIFE" INSTALLATION PREVIEW HMNH members are invited to preview Tree of Life, a National Science Foundation-funded installation located in the HMNH EVOLUTION gallery. Explore 3.5 billion years of evolutionary history and over 70,000 species through a series of interactive multi-touch tabletop experiences and innovative visualizations. Zoom through a phylogenetic tree, called DeepTree, and with the swipe of your fingertip see how various organisms are related, such as how bald eagles are related to bananas. Interact with new technology first-hand and meet the...

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  • 2013 Mar 02

    KIDS' CLASSES: CAPTURING FEATHERS, FUR AND SCALES WITH PENCIL AND PAPER

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    CAPTURING FEATHERS, FUR AND SCALES WITH PENCIL AND PAPER (Ages 9–13) Which animals are covered in feathers, fur, or scales? We’ll explore the subject by looking closely at a variety of specimens in the classroom and galleries, and learn how to capture these different animals and textures on paper using realistic drawing techniques. Fees: $25 members/$30 nonmembers 
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  • 2013 Mar 02

    Author talk by Todd McLeish

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    NARWHALS Arctic Whales in a Melting World Author talk by Todd McLeish Natural history writer Todd McLeish’s new book explores the science and mythology of the increasingly rare narwhal whale, known as the “sea unicorn” for its seven-foot-long spiral tusk. Regular Museum admission rates apply. Free for HMNH members. Read more about other HMNH lectures, events, and classes: http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/lectures_classes_events.html

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  • 2013 Mar 02

    ADULT CLASS: NESTS & EGGS

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    NESTS AND EGGS Evolution and Engineering in the Avian World From tiny hummingbird nests to the mansion-like creations of the bald eagle, the architecture of birds’ nests is amazing. The diversity of color, size and shape of their eggs is equally so. Join us as we explore the evolution of avian ingenuity, looking closely at nests and eggs from the Museum's ornithology collection. Class instructor: Mary Caswell Stoddard, Ph.D., Junior Fellow at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. $30 for members/$35 for nonmembers Read more about other HMNH lectures, events, and...

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  • 2013 Feb 27

    Evolution Matters lecture by Zhe-Xi Luo

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    JURASSIC MOTHERS FROM CHINA Origins and Evolution of Mammals Evolution Matters lecture by Zhe-Xi Luo, Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago Paleontologist Zhe-Xi Luo will discuss the originations of modern mammalian biological adaptations in the deep times of the Mesozoic—dominated by dinosaurs—and how Jurassic fossils discovered in China shed light on the earliest evolution of placental mammals. Free and open to the public. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage, beginning at...

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  • 2013 Feb 12

    Evolution Matters lecture by Naomi Pierce

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    LOOKING FOR SIGNS OF EVOLUTION Bees, Butterflies, and Bacteria Evolution Matters lecture by Naomi Pierce, Hessel Professor of Biology and Curator of Lepidoptera at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard Naomi Pierce examines the behavioral ecology of species interactions, such as insect/host plant associations, and the life history, evolution, and systematics of butterflies and other insects. Free and open to the public. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage, beginning at 5:00 pm. Read about other HMNH lectures, events, and...

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  • 2013 Feb 09

    KIDS’ CLASSES: CAPTURING BIRDS OF PREY WITH PENCIL AND PAPER

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    CAPTURING BIRDS OF PREY WITH PENCIL AND PAPER (Ages 9–13) Fierce talons, strong beaks, sharp vision? Look closely at hawk, eagle and owl specimens to discover what makes these birds such excellent hunters. Using specimens in the classroom and galleries, we’ll explore how to capture their forms on paper using realistic drawing techniques. Fees: $25 members/$30 nonmembers 
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