Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Partner with the Highland Street Foundation to help Massachusetts Families See More Summer

June 13, 2016

Harvard Museum of Natural History to provide free admission on August 5, 2016

(Cambridge, MA)  June 13, 2016 – Harvard Museum of Natural History announced today that it will provide free admission on Friday, August 5, 2016 as part of Highland Street Foundation’s 8thAnnual Free Fun Fridays summer event series.

“Free Fun Fridays” has become an annual tradition that delivers to visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural and historical venues in Massachusetts. Kicking off June 24, 80 institutions from across the state will participate and open their doors to Massachusetts families with free admission to their programs and activities.

“This is Harvard Museum of Natural History’s first year participating in Highland Street’s “Free Fun Fridays” program and we could not be more enthusiastic about opening our doors to the community,” said Jane Pickering, Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.  “Massachusetts is rich with educational and iconic cultural sites to explore, and “Free Fun Fridays” event series allows everyone the chance to experience these wonderful locations free of charge.”

Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Free Fun Friday Event

Who:  Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, through partnership with the Highland Street Foundation

What:  Free admission to both the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the connected Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

When:  Friday, August 5, 2016

Where:  26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

“All of us here at the Highland Street Foundation are humbled by the great participation we’ve seen as we’ve prepared for our 8thannual “Free Fun Fridays” event series,” says Blake Jordan, Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation. “With the cooperation of these wonderful institutions, we are able to provide all Massachusetts families with access to the culture and history in their backyard and beyond.” 

About the Harvard Museum of Natural History

One of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street on the Harvard campus, an 8-minute walk from the Harvard Square Red Line MBTA station. Always a family favorite, the museum displays some 12,000 specimens, including dinosaurs; the world’s only mounted Kronosaurus; rare minerals and meteorites; hundreds of mammals ­­--whales, tigers, elephant, giraffe; Harvard’s famed Blaschka Glass Flowers and Sea Creatures in Glass, as well as new exhibitions on local ecosystems, Marine Life in the Putnam Gallery and New England Forests in the Zofnass Family Gallery. Admission to the connected Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology is included in one ticket. 

The museum is wheelchair accessible. The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 361 days/year. Regular admission: adults $12; seniors and students, $10; youth ages 3–18, $8; under 3 free. For directions, exhibition schedules, free public lectures, and information on parking, see the website http://hmnh.harvard.edu/or call 617.495.3045.


Keep up with Highland Street this summer and share your Free Fun Fridays experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #SeeMoreSummer. 

About Free Fun Fridays

Since 2009, Free Fun Fridays have drawn close to a million kids and parents to institutions, from art and historical museums to zoos, botanical gardens, and state landmarks. The goal of the program is to help organizations in every corner of Massachusetts open their doors for the free benefit of all residents in the Commonwealth to spark their interests and expand new horizons. This year, 80 outstanding partners across Massachusetts are involved. The current calendar can be found at


About Highland Street Foundation

Since 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has worked to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts by donating more than $170 million to worthy nonprofit organizations. From its support of TADpole playground in Boston Common and providing tickets to local sporting events to local nonprofits, to building capacity and providing technical assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, the foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunities for families in Massachusetts and beyond.

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 Media Contacts

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Blue Magruder, Director of Public Affairs




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