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

Sat - Wed, 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 throne belonging to Queen Hetepheres (about 2550 BC).  The chair’s materials are based on the ancient original: cedar,… Read more about Recreating the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres

2016 May 21

Sea Creatures in Glass at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free and open to the public
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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

2016 Oct 01

Nasca Ceramics Ancient Art from Peru’s South Coast exhibit opens

Oct 01, 9:00am to Sep 04, 5:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Admission: Free with Harvard ID; admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours. General admission includes all exhibits. The Peabody Museum is adjacent to the Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Adorned with vibrant hues and intricate designs, ceramic vessels made by the Nasca people are a strikingly beautiful testament to a culture that flourished along Peru’s arid southern coast 2,000 years ago. Although these people are perhaps most famous for the “Nazca Lines”–massive animal-shaped earthworks visible from above–a new Peabody Museum small-scale exhibit will examine this culture through its unique pottery style.… Read more about Nasca Ceramics Ancient Art from Peru’s South Coast exhibit opens

2017 Mar 06

Houghton and the Presidents

Mon - Mon, Mar 6 to Jul 3, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library, Keats Room

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Exhbition Runs: March 6 - July 3, 2017
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM
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On January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of… Read more about Houghton and the Presidents

2017 Mar 10

Scale: A Matter of Perspective

Fri - Sun, Mar 10 to Dec 10, 3:15pm - 3:15pm

Location: 

The Special Exhibitions Gallery, Science Center, Room 371, 1 Oxford Street

Alice in WonderlandPresented by: The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
Admission: Free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM
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Scale has long captivated the human imagination, as evidenced in classics such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in today’s popular movies and television shows. People spend hours making models that shrink or enlarge everyday objects and surroundings. They invent technologies to explore tiny realms or search vast stretches of the cosmos beyond sight. … Read more about Scale: A Matter of Perspective

2017 Apr 03

Exhibition: Playing Fair? Title IX at 45

Mon - Fri, Apr 3 to Sep 15, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, 3 James St

Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Admission: Free and open to the public
Exhibition Runs: 4/3-9/15 
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM
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This exhibition highlights the 45 years that Title IX has been in effect, on and off the playing field. The women’s sports revolution is here to stay, but gender equity in education and society in… Read more about Exhibition: Playing Fair? Title IX at 45

2017 Apr 22

Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

Sat - Sun, 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 Apr 26

Overlay: Exhibition by Xaviera Simmons

Wed - Sat, Apr 26 to Jul 1, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 

Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden St

Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Admission: Free and open to the public
Exhibition Runs: 4/26-7/1 
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 12-5 PM
Overlay Exhibition Opening Discussion: Tuesday, April 25, 5 PM
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Overlay, an exhibition created by the multimedia artist Xaviera Simmons for the Radcliffe Institute, uses text-based video, photographs, and soundscapes to feature characters rooted in stories and historical narratives found in the archives of the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.… Read more about Overlay: Exhibition by Xaviera Simmons

2017 May 02

Junction: Works by Eli Portman and Konstantin Simun

Tue - Thu, May 2 to May 25, 10:00am - 7:00pm

Location: 

Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Presented by: Harvard Ed Portal
Admission: Free
Runs: May 2-25
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 am-7 pm, Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Reception: May 18, 5 PM
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The Harvard Ed Portal is proud to present a reception celebrating Junction: Works by Eli Portman and Konstantin Simun, the latest Crossings Gallery exhibition featuring the work… Read more about Junction: Works by Eli Portman and Konstantin Simun

2017 May 08

Open House 75: Houghton Library Staff Select

Mon - Sat, May 8 to Aug 19, 9:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library, Edison and Newman Room

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Exhbition Runs: May 8-August 19, 2017
Opening Reception: May 16, 4 PM
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM
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2017 May 18

Trisha Baga: CCC (Ceramics Club Cambridge)

Thu - Sun, May 18 to Sep 17, 9:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

Level 0, Display Case, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Runs: May 18-September 17
Galleries: 12–6 PM,  Thu–Sun
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Why make ceramic protest signs? Because we will be protesting these things for a long time to come….This proposition informs the CCVA summer Display Case exhibition CCC (Ceramics Club Cambridge) featuring an installation of… Read more about Trisha Baga: CCC (Ceramics Club Cambridge)

2017 May 20

A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti

Sat - Sun, May 20 to Aug 13, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: See website for admission
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
Exhibition runs: May 20-August 13, 2017
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This focused exhibition features illustrated Persian manuscripts and detached folios that were collected in the early 20th century by Harvard alumnus Bernard Berenson (1865–1959), the famous American art historian and connoisseur of Italian Renaissance painting. Berenson prized these works at his home in Florence, Villa I Tatti, which he bequeathed to Harvard and which now serves as the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. The exhibition offers the first opportunity to see these works outside Villa I Tatti.… Read more about A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti

2017 May 20

Reverie: Christopher Wilmarth, Before and After Mallarmé

Sat - Sun, May 20 to Aug 13, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: See website for admission
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
Exhibition Runs: May 20-August 13, 2017
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In 1978, sculptor Christopher Wilmarth was asked by poet Frederick Morgan to illustrate his translation of a group of seven poems by the French symbolist Stéphane Mallarmé. … Read more about Reverie: Christopher Wilmarth, Before and After Mallarmé

2017 May 24

Harlem: Found Ways

Wed - Sat, May 24 to Jul 15, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, 102 Mt Auburn St.

Presented by: The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art
Admission: Free and open to the public
Exhbition Runs: May 24 - July 15, 2017
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 AM-5 PM
Opening Reception: May 23, 6 PM
Related event: Dawoud Bey in Conversation with Makeda Best, the new Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at Harvard Art Museums: May 24, 12 PM. Register here. 

 

 

 

With the exhibition Harlem: Found Ways, the Cooper Gallery presents artistic visions and engagements specific to Harlem, New York City, in the last decades. … Read more about Harlem: Found Ways

2017 May 26

Tour of Houghton Library

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri May 26 2017 .
2:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library

Presented by: Houghton Library
Admission: Tours are free and open to all. Reservations for individuals are not required, but advance notice of smaller groups is appreciated. Exhibitions at Houghton Library are free and open to the public – no Harvard ID is necessary to view the exhibitions. 
Houghton Library hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 AM-7 PM
Tours are offered Fridays all year round when the library is open. Read more about Tour of Houghton Library

2017 Jun 01

Exhibition: Architectural Ceramics Course at Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Historic Durant_Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton, MA 02458

Presented by: Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Historic Newton's Durant-Kenrick House and GroundsAllison Newsome

Explore striking sculptures created from ceramic pieces stacked together. Students in the Architectural Ceramics course at the Ceramics Program- Office for the Arts at Harvard use architecture as well as the Historic Newton's Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds as inspiration for forms that may combine the human figure, animals, fruit or flowers. This show is part of the Newton Festival of the Arts 2017.

Enjoy viewing these intricate works of art while you stroll through the park. Free. The show runs May 13 through June 10.
Artist reception: Thursday, June 1, 4 p.m.

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2017 Jun 08

Media Bichos: Wavelinks

Thu - Sun, Jun 8 to Sep 24, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

Level 1, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Runs: June 8-September 24
Galleries: 12–6 PM,  Thu–Sun
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Renée Green’s Pacing residency continues with a summer installation of Media Bichos: Wavelinks in CCVA’s Level 1 Gallery space.

Designed as viewing stations for MoMA's media collection, Media Bichos were conceived as… Read more about Media Bichos: Wavelinks

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