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The New Glass Flowers Exhibition From the Hands of the Makers Now Open in the Harvard Museum of Natural History

August 3, 2022

From the Hands of the Makers investigates the lingering mysteries surrounding the work of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., August 3, 2022—Visitors to the Glass Flowers gallery in the Harvard Museum of Natural History often remark on the realistic nature of the models, exclaiming, “they look so real. I can’t believe they are made of glass!” From the Hands of the Makers is the most comprehensive exhibition to date about how the models were made and their conservation. The exhibition reveals closely...

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Henry David Thoreau’s vast botanical collection inspires the new exhibition In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss

April 20, 2022

The visually compelling and immersive exhibition opens May 14 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 20, 2022—A close reflection on Henry David Thoreau’s legacy brings into sharper focus his deep commitment to environmental conservation and civil disobedience, as well as his trove of treasured poems and essays. His decision to make his home at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts solidified Thoreau’s devotion in his role as a naturalist. Through his close relationship with the woods of Walden he observed the ebb and flow...

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The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Welcome Visitors Back on Friday, November 26

November 4, 2021

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., November 4, 2021—The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) are pleased to announce their public reopening on Friday, November 26. HMSC is a partnership of four museums designed to coordinate diverse programming for all ages, permanent galleries, and dynamic rotating exhibitions. The organization represents the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient...

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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

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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The Harvard Museum of Natural History Presents a New Climate Change Exhibit Exploring the Global Impact of the Warming Climate on the Planet

January 31, 2019

(Cambridge, Ma)— The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces the new Climate Change exhibit that draws on the latest scientific information about our warming climate, the global and local consequences, and how to both reduce the fossil fuel emissions that cause it and prepare for its effects. 

This multimedia exhibit includes engaging video and storm simulations, a “check your knowledge” interactive station, and a dramatic inside look at a high-tech...

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