The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is a partnership of four Harvard museums designed to coordinate captivating programming for all ages, permanent galleries, and dynamic rotating exhibits. HMSC invites you to connect with Harvard University's distinctive collections and vital research on human civilizations, biodiversity, and the history of Earth and science.
Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
Harvard has been acquiring scientific instruments for teaching and research since 1672. This collection, established in 1948, is one of the three largest university collections of its kind in the world and contains telescopes, timepieces, computers, optical equipment, and much more.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Home to the world-famous Blaschka Glass Flowers from the Harvard University Herbaria, thousands of minerals in the renovated Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery, and hundreds of animals, shells, birds, and more from Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is one of Boston's most popular museums.
Harvard Semitic Museum
The Harvard Semitic Museum explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Home to the University's collections of over 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts, the museum collection includes pottery, cylinder seals, sculpture, coins, and cuneiform tablets.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
View towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures, examine precious artifacts of the ancient world, and take classes and attend public lectures based on the museum's world-class collections and scholarship. Among the oldest archaeological museums in the world, the Peabody contains one of the finest collections of human cultural history in existence.