Director's Welcome

Jane Pickering

Welcome to the website of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. HMSC is a consortium of the four museums (representing six institutions) in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Together, these institutions (Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments; Mineralogical & Geological Museum; Harvard Semitic Museum; Harvard University Herbaria; Museum of Comparative Zoology; and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology) look after more than 28,500,000 objects that represent Earth’s history, life, and cultures.

On this site you will find information about HMSC programs at all our member museums through links to their websites, as well as the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which provides public programming for the Mineralogical & Geological Museum, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

From meteorites and mummy cases, to large Maya monuments and instruments purchased for Harvard by Benjamin Franklin, spectacular exhibits introduce the museums’ unique collections. Hands-on family programs explore the biological, geological, and cultural diversity of our plane, while lectures and author talks are exciting opportunities to hear from some of the world’s greatest scholars. We also provide unique programs for K-12 students and teachers that support and complement classroom learning. I hope you will explore all these and be inspired to visit us soon.



Jane Pickering
Executive Director, HMSC