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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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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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Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep Exhibition to Open June 30, 2018 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

May 17, 2018

(Cambridge, MA) Glowing under black lights, California artist Lily Simonson’s luminescent paintings embody a synergy between art and science that reveals new ways of seeing and understanding life forms in the deep ocean.

“Being in the deep sea feels like being inside of a painting,” says Simonson, who embedded as Artist-in-Residence on three different oceanographic expeditions in the past two years, descending in the three-person research submarine Alvin. “The light, creatures, and space are so sublime and uncanny.”

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Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight

December 18, 2017

(Cambridge, MA)  Exhibition to open February 17, 2018 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Thriving all around, and even within us, is a minute universe of astonishing and diverse lifeforms so small, they cannot be seen by the human eye. Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight explores the fascinating realm of microbes, Earth’s first inhabitants, as they continue to engage with the planet’s biosphere in ways science is only beginning to uncover and understand.

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Scale: A Matter of Perspective: New Exhibition Opens Friday, March 10, at Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

March 10, 2017

(Cambridge, MA) Scale has long captivated the human imagination, as evidenced in classics like Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in today’s popular movies and television shows.... Read more about Scale: A Matter of Perspective: New Exhibition Opens Friday, March 10, at Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, a new exhibition to open December 17 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

December 5, 2016

(Cambridge, MA) The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces a new experiential art exhibition, Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens opening December 17, 2016, featuring new photographic work by visual artist Christina Seely and an installation made in collaboration with the arts collective The Canary Project. Next of Kin will be on display through June 4, 2017.... Read more about Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, a new exhibition to open December 17 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Peabody Museum to Mark 150th Year: Free Admission Day, New Exhibition, Lecture Series, and More

September 27, 2016

The anniversary begins with free museum admission and birthday cake and continues with a year-long public lecture series on race, a major new exhibition in April about the museum’s significant role in the invention of American anthropology, and even more events through fall 2017.... Read more about Peabody Museum to Mark 150th Year: Free Admission Day, New Exhibition, Lecture Series, and More

New Exhibition to Open October 3, 2015 "Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay"

September 21, 2016

(Cambridge, MA) This exhibit will feature over 100* spectacular examples of ocarinas from the Peabody Museum’s vast collection. Uncovered at archaeological sites in Central America and Mexico, these musical instruments were crafted from local low-fired clay and carefully fashioned, incised, and painted into a variety of human and animal forms.... Read more about New Exhibition to Open October 3, 2015 "Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay"

Travel through time with new natural history collections on Google Arts & Culture

September 13, 2016

A new online experience by Google, the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard in partnership with the Harvard Museum of Natural History and some of the most loved natural history institutions in the world, allows people to come face to face with Jurassic Giants and browse through the most spectacular collection of natural history available in one place.... Read more about Travel through time with new natural history collections on Google Arts & Culture

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

Harvard University and Boston Athletic Association Partner to Offer Native American Running: Culture, Health, Sport

March 22, 2016

(CAMBRIDGE, MA) April 18, 2016 is the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, the premier international celebration of endurance, running, fitness and community.  It is also the 80th anniversary of the 1936 victory of Ellison "Tarzan" Brown, a Narragansett Native American, whose surge past John A. Kelley on the Newton Hills led to the naming of  the infamous "Heartbreak Hill."... Read more about Harvard University and Boston Athletic Association Partner to Offer Native American Running: Culture, Health, Sport

Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, and Culture opens March 11 at Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

February 10, 2016

(Cambridge, MA) Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, and Culture is a new exhibition opening Friday, March 11 at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in the Harvard University Science Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.... Read more about Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, and Culture opens March 11 at Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Harvard Curatorial Innovations Series Showcases Experts from MoMA and the Exploratorium in April 27 Lecture

April 20, 2015

(Cambridge, MA) Museums can be important spaces for exploring social, political, and historic experiences through art and science. Experts from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Exploratorium in San Francisco will discuss examples at Harvard’s second annual Seminar on Innovative Curatorial Practice Monday, April 27.... Read more about Harvard Curatorial Innovations Series Showcases Experts from MoMA and the Exploratorium in April 27 Lecture

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