Ongoing & Upcoming Exhibitions

From ancient artifacts to contemporary artworks, Harvard's museums and galleries house astonishing collections that illuminate a wide range of disciplines. They are open free of charge to all university affiliates, and several with an admission fee to the public. The following list may not be comprehensive; please check the museums' and galleries' websites for more information.

2016 Feb 11

Recreating the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres

Thu - Fri, Feb 11 to May 31, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave

Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Admission: Free  
Museum hours: Open Monday-Friday, 10am - 4pm; Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. Closed Saturday
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An interdisciplinary collaboration at Harvard University has created a full-scale reproduction of an ancient Egyptian...

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2016 May 21

Sea Creatures in Glass at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Sat May 21, 9:00am to Tue May 21, 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History
Admission: See website for admission information
Museum hours: Open daily 9 AM-5 PM
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Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals. Renowned for their beauty and exacting detail, the Blaschka invertebrate models were commissioned by universities and museums throughout world during the nineteenth century.... Read more about Sea Creatures in Glass at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

2017 Apr 22

Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

Sat - Thu, Apr 22 to Dec 31, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave

Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Admission: Free with Harvard ID; admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours. See website for admission rates for non-Harvard ID holders. The Peabody Museum is adjacent to the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Hours: 9 AM-5 PM, every day
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On April 22, 2017, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology will celebrate its 150th anniversary year by opening All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology. Unveiled within a beautifully restored 4th floor gallery, this new exhibition will feature an astonishing array of over 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, many on display for the very first time.... Read more about Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

2017 Sep 25

Rotten Apples: Botanical Models of Diversity and Disease at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Mon - Thu, Sep 25 to Dec 31, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St

Rotten ApplesCombining historic wax models with a series of exquisitely-crafted glass models made by Rudolf Blaschka, this small, special exhibit, located in the Glass Flowers gallery, reveals the astonishing diversity of apples and the surprising beauty of the fungal and bacterial infections that afflict these and other fruits. 

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2018 Jun 30

Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep

Sat Jun 30, 10:00am to Sun May 19, 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Lily SimonsonGlowing under black lights, luminescent paintings by California artist Lily Simonson embody a synergy between art and science that reveals new ways of seeing and understanding life forms in the deep ocean.

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History
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2019 Apr 05

Harvard Art Museums Student Guide Tour

Fri - Sun, Apr 5 to Apr 28, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
HarvardArtMuseumsStudentTourHarvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections. Free with museum admission. Tours are limited to 15 people and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, including tour dates and times, click... Read more about Harvard Art Museums Student Guide Tour
2019 Apr 27

Caspian: The Elements

Sat Apr 27, 9:00am to Mon Feb 17, 5:00pm

ChloeDeweMathewsCaspian: The Elements is a new exhibit featuring the evocative imagery of Chloe Dewe Mathews, the 2014 recipient of the Peabody Museum’s Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography. The exhibit documents her extraordinary five-year journey through... Read more about Caspian: The Elements
2019 May 25

Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

Sat - Sun, May 25 to Aug 11, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
PrinceShotokuThis exhibition gives visitors the rare chance to encounter a significant 13th-century Japanese icon, Shōtoku Taishi at Age Two, from the inside out. Legendary prince Shōtoku Taishi (c. 574–622) is regarded as the founder of Buddhism in Japan.... Read more about Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within
2019 May 25

Japan on Paper

Sat - Sun, May 25 to Aug 11, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
JapanOnPaperThis exhibition features almost 50 works spanning the history of Japanese woodblock printing, from the 17th through 20th century; these include single-sheet prints, luxury surimono prints, printed handscrolls, and printed books by renowned designers... Read more about Japan on Paper
2019 May 29

Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard
tapestryThe Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition—mounted in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany—presents nearly 200 works by more than 70 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive... Read more about Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard
2019 Jun 29

Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard

10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
LuciaMoholyThe Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition—mounted in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany—presents nearly 200 works by more than 70 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive... Read more about Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard
2019 Jul 20

Tour: Hans Arp’s Constellations II

10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
HansArpThis exhibition presents the room-sized wall relief Constellations II, by Alsatian artist and poet Hans Arp (1886–1966). On public view for the first time in 15 years, the work was commissioned for the Harvard Graduate Center by Harvard architecture... Read more about Tour: Hans Arp’s Constellations II
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