HMSC Connects!

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture will open for limited in-person visitation solely for Harvard faculty, students, and staff with a valid Harvard ID starting September 1, 2021. Guests of Harvard ID holders are not allowed at this time. Harvard Faculty who wish to schedule a class visit may contact the HMSC Reservations DepartmentWe are working with Harvard University on a phased reopening and look forward to sharing details for public access soon. Sign up for our enews to receive the latest updates. As we prepare to reopen our doors, we encourage you to enjoy the museum at home with new digital content, including virtual programs, tours, podcasts, and coloring pages on HMSC Connects!  We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the museums soon!

Virtual Programs

Two women and a man singing in their home.

Enjoy live virtual programming across each of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture!


Virtual Tours

Three dimensional interior view of the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.


Text: HMSC Connects! Podcasts

A bi-weekly podcast that goes behind the scenes of HMSC museums to talk to the scholars, researchers, collection keepers, exhibit designers and other fascinating individuals who keep the museums humming along and create a compelling array of exhibits and programs.


Ocean waves crashing on rocks

Enjoy curated themed experiences of HMSC Connects! content. These short experiences include themed coloring pages, podcasts, events, digital exhibits, and more!


Kids and Families

Woman showing girl a picture next to a papermade garden.

Explore the world beyond your living room with clever activities, HMSC Story Time videos, and visits to other cultures around the world.

Extraordinary Things

lotus shoe and foot model.

Extraordinary Things features intriguing objects from all four museums and invites you to explore each "extraordinary things" with fun activities and from multiple, and sometimes surprising, perspectives.

Digital Exhibits

Photographs of seven diverse women and men from the Wampanoag Tribe.

Coloring Pages

Black and white illustration of a glass flower bouquet.

Developed directly from photographs and illustrations of museum objects and specimens, these coloring pages provide a window into the breadth and wonder of Harvard’s collections. Explore the detailed images, extend your learning, and add your own artistic perspectives.

Online Resources

Gestural painting of the lion cub.
Discover museum-specific online resources including public-lecture videos, 3D models, museum collections, gallery tours, and online exhibits.

Social Media

Engage with the museums’ social media channels, including the newly launched HMSC Explorers Club.