Featured Exhibitions

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers

Cyanotype images of flowers on black background.
Artwork by Leah Sobsey for “In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss” exhibition, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Digitized cyanotype
On view at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryIn Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss is an immersive multidisciplinary experience that marries art and science through a modern artistic interpretation of Henry David Thoreau’s preserved plants. The exhibition invites visitors to experience emotionally resonant connections to the profound loss of natural diversity caused by human-induced climate change. The exhibition urges us to ask, “What do Thoreau’s findings tell us about what plants are winning, and what plants are losing, in the face of climate change today?”

Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World

Much like today, ancient “consumers” were connected to distant markets. Both basic and precious goods from faraway lands “shipped” to royal palaces, elite estates—sometimes even rural households—and technological advances in craftsmanship and commerce transcended boundaries of language, religion, or culture to spread rapidly. Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World explores how the movement of goods, peoples, and ideas around the ancient Mediterranean transformed the lives and livelihoods of people at all levels of society, driving innovations that had lasting impacts—even on the modern world. Open at the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.

Muchos Méxicos

Black and brown tripod jar.Muchos Méxicos explores Mexico’s rich history as a site of human innovation, creativity, and cultural diversity. Featuring Mexican objects from the Peabody Museum collections, this bilingual exhibition tells the story of Mexico as a multicultural and geographic crossroads—one where the exchange of resources, products, and ideas among Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas before the Spanish invasion, and then with cultures around the globe—have all created a vibrant nation. Open at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Visual Science: The Art of Research

Bright colors in round shapes spread thinly.On view at the Collection of Historical Scientific InstrumentsVisual Science: The Art of Research features images and objects drawn from a variety of disciplines and time periods that show the importance of visual experiences in science. Images have played many roles in scientific research.