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.

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. 

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History... Read more about Rotten Apples: Botanical Models of Diversity and Disease at Harvard Museum of Natural History

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 Aug 31

Fruits in Decay

Sat Aug 31, 9:00am to Sun Mar 1, 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
DecayedPearFruits in Decay is a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery that explores blight, rot, and other diseases on summer fruits. It features exquisitely detailed glass botanical models of strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears... Read more about Fruits in Decay
2019 Sep 06

Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art

Fri Sep 6, 10:00am to Sun Jan 5, 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
LiliAlmogCrossing Lines, Constructing Home investigates two parallel ideas: national, political, and cultural conceptions of boundaries and borders; and the evolving hybrid spaces, identities, languages, and beliefs created by the movement of peoples.... Read more about Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art
2019 Sep 20

Visual Science: The Art of Research

Fri Sep 20, 11:00am to Mon Sep 7, 4:00pm

Location: 

Special Exhibitions Gallery 251, Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
MondrianThe Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments presents a new exhibition on the symbiotic relationship between scientific research and visual art. Free and open to the public. For additional information, click... Read more about Visual Science: The Art of Research
2019 Nov 01

We Are America

Fri - Mon, Nov 1 to Dec 16, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: 

Gutman Library Gallery, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
WeAreAmericaDuring the 2018-2019 school year, teacher Jessica Lander (EDM'15) and students in her Seminar on American Diversity strove to answer the question: What does it mean to be American? In trying to tie together large historical movements and individual histories they wrote and edited two books of personal stories: We Are... Read more about We Are America
2019 Dec 11

HMSC Member Night at the Museums

5:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
HMSCMemberNightWander the museum after hours, enjoy seasonal treats, and go behind the scenes to see objects not currently on exhibit. Members will also receive a special 25% discount at the gift shop during the month of December. Museum membership and reservation required. For membership, reservations, and additional information,... Read more about HMSC Member Night at the Museums

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