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HMSC Welcomes New Executive Director Brenda Tindal

May 10, 2021

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Welcomes New Executive Director Brenda Tindal

 

The award-winning educator and scholar steps into the role Monday, May 17

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 10, 2021—Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, recently announced the appointment of Brenda Tindal as the next Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC)....

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The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Celebrates Women’s History Month with the Online Exhibit, Women of the Museum, 1860–1920: Behind-the-Scenes at the Museum of Comparative Zoology

April 2, 2021

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 31, 2021— For the first time in the museum’s history, women who labored in the collections, offices, and labs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology are being revealed in a unique online exhibit that highlights the early history of the museum. It is curated by Reed Gochberg, Assistant Director of Studies and a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University.

In the late nineteenth century, the museum hired women to serve as secretaries, assistants, librarians, and sometimes curators, but they were given minimal opportunity to advance. Nonetheless...

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The Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Present a New Online Exhibit on Sigmund Freud’s Research & Artwork

February 17, 2021

The Interpretation of Drawings: Freud & the Visual Origins of Psychoanalysis and a Free Virtual Panel Discussion Launches on Wednesday, February 17th at 12:00pm ET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 17, 2021—Sigmund Freud is the influential and enigmatic founder of the psychological clinical method known as psychoanalysis. The new online exhibition The Interpretation of Drawings: Freud & the...

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Hear Me Out Harvard Museums of Science & Culture to Feature Photos and Videos by Hispanic Teens

September 16, 2020
(Sept. 16, CAMBRIDGE, MA) In September, 2020, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture—a consortium that includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—will launch Hear Me Out, a project to expand Hispanic engagement by collaborating with youth. The consortium will partner with two youth-serving agencies in Chelsea and Somerville, neighboring cities that have large Hispanic populations, and the Somerville Media... Read more about Hear Me Out Harvard Museums of Science & Culture to Feature Photos and Videos by Hispanic Teens

New Exhibit in the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Explores the Relationship Between Science and Art

September 19, 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., September 19, 2019—Looping white lines converge into spirals on a black background, revealing the separation between the patterns like static on a television. The image of the radiation of a fast electron taken at the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, CA in 1940 could easily be an experimental charcoal drawing on white paper. Instead, the lines are formed by water droplets created by a single electron traveling through a super-saturated...

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The Harvard Museum of Natural History Picks Seasonal “Fruits in Decay” as the New Focus of the Glass Flowers Gallery

August 7, 2019

The new exhibit depicting the marvel of rotting fruit opens to the public on August 31, 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., August 7, 2019— Imagine an orchard, lush and bursting with ripe fruit in the sweltering summer sun. Not all of the fruit weighing down the branches and vines will be fit to consume. Some strawberries will dampen and shrivel with mold, some peaches will be blighted in the shade, and some pears will become pockmarked with age.

However, there is a beauty in this natural decaying process that repeats with each season. Perhaps the rot will...

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The Harvard Museum of Natural History Secures a Lunar Sample from NASA for Cosmic Origins Exhibition

July 20, 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 20, 2019— On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped down from the Apollo lunar lander and became the first human to make direct contact with a celestial body: Earth’s Moon. The Apollo 11 engineering and flight team had prepared extensively for that historic day. As millions watched on their televisions, and as others listened to Armstrong’s famed words across the airwaves, the 1969 moonwalk would forever be imprinted in the American public’s collective memory. Not only did the Apollo 11 team make history, it sparked future scientists to embark on...

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Jane Pickering Named New Director of Peabody Museum

May 23, 2019

(Cambridge, MA) As announced on May 21 by Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Jane Pickering will transition to her new role as the William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology on July 1.

She will serve a five-year term, reporting directly to Dean Gay, and collaborating closely with a newly appointed faculty executive committee to develop an institutional vision for the Peabody Museum’s collections that is “strategic, inclusive, and enabling, as well as meeting the...

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