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 15 to Jun 1, 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 28 to Jan 3, 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, Oct 1 to Jan 3, 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 Jan 05

Rethinking Enlightenment: Forgotten Women Writers of Eighteenth Century France

Fri - Sat, Jan 5 to Apr 28, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library, Amy Lowell Room, Harvard Yard

Rethinking Enlightenment: Forgotten Women Writers of Eighteenth Century France“Rethinking Enlightenment” showcases Houghton Library’s remarkable holdings of texts by eighteenth-century French women. Beyond describing how these writers critiqued their society, the exhibition demonstrates their active participation in the philosophical and artistic development of modern France. For scholars of the Enlightenment to anyone interested in women’s history, it is a timely reminder of the forgotten figures in intellectual history.

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2018 Jan 16

Exhibition: Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration

Tue - Sat, Jan 16 to Apr 14, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library, Harvard Yard

Landmarks: Maps as Literary IllustrationPresented in conjunction with the bicentenary of the Harvard Map Collection, this exhibition brings together over sixty landmark literary maps, from the 200-mile-wide island in Thomas More’s Utopia to the supercontinent called the Stillness in N. K. Jemisin’s 'The Fifth Season.'

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2018 Jan 20

Fernando Bryce: The Book of Needs

Sat - Sun, Jan 20 to May 6, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

The Harvard Art Museums present Fernando Bryce’s The Book of Needs, a multipart work comprised of 81 ink-on-paper drawings. Bryce, who was born in Peru but has lived extensively in Berlin and New York, selectively reconstructs images from early issues of the UNESCO Courier, published in English, French, and Spanish since 1948. Over its history, the journal has focused on science, education, race, culture, politics, and international strife, among other subjects.

Presented by: ...

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2018 Jan 20

Look Back: The Western Tradition in Retrospect

Sat - Sun, Jan 20 to May 6, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

The history of art is usually presented as a forward march, with individual works studied as points along a path of progress to the present. This installation—matching the Harvard survey course it accompanies—reverses that familiar direction. The sequence proceeds from recent art back to the Renaissance. This retrospective history of art is meant to capture the point of view of artists themselves, who have, for generations, tried—variously—to preserve, transform, surpass, or overturn what came before them.

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2018 Jan 20

Rome: Eternal City

Sat - Sun, Jan 20 to May 6, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Rome, known as the “common fatherland,” was the goal of pilgrims, travelers, and artists from all over Europe. One of the most celebrated was Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), a Venetian who spent his entire career in Rome. He produced on average two etchings a month (fourteen are featured in this installation), and his image of Roman grandeur left an indelible stamp on the European imagination.

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2018 Feb 01

CCVA Exhibition: Renée Green: Within Living Memory

Thu - Sun, Feb 1 to Apr 15, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Levels 3 + 1 + 0, 24 Quincy St

Renée Green’s (b. 1959) exhibition Within Living Memory is a meditation spurred by inhabiting an architectural icon—Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center—while exploring the historical and institutional legacies of modernism’s other forms, including cinema, visual art, poetry, music, and literature. 

Exhibition dates: Feb 1–Apr 15, 2018
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2018 Feb 01

In Any Direction: Artwork in Progress at the Radcliffe Institute

Thu - Sat, Feb 1 to Mar 3, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 

Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, Radcliffe Yard, 8 Garden Street

The exhibition In Any Direction invites visitors into a studio-like atmosphere to experience captivating works in progress by artists from the 2017–2018 class of Radcliffe fellows.

Presented byRadcliffe Institute for Advanced Study... Read more about In Any Direction: Artwork in Progress at the Radcliffe Institute

2018 Feb 09

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55

Fri - Sun, Feb 9 to Jun 3, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

The first exhibition of its kind, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 examines the highly charged artistic landscape in Germany from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s. Taking its name from a 1945 poem by Günter Eich, the exhibition focuses on modern art created at a time when Germans were forced to acknowledge and reckon with the atrocities of World War II and the Holocaust, the country’s defeat and occupation by the Allies, and the ideological ramifications of the fledgling Cold War.

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2018 Feb 23

Exhibition | Hand Code: Makers in Proximity

Fri Feb 23 (All day) to Sat Mar 24 (All day)

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Gallery 224 at the Harvard Ceramics Program PresentsImage of hands forming a clay pot and a 3D printer nozzle extruding clay

HAND CODE: Makers in Proximity

Exhibition Dates: February 23 – March 24
Closing Reception & Panel Seminar:  Saturday March 24, 3-6pm

Location: Gallery 224 at Harvard Ceramics Program
224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

Two makers, one room, one material. One is spinning pots on an electric potter’s wheel. Another is creating digital designs, sending them to a 3D printer and tending to that machine’s manners of extruding. They are both working in clay. What forms do they produce? What do these very different approaches to creating look like in contrast to one another? What does a 3D Printer look like? How does a potter work in our current time? What can be learned from seeing these two makers in proximity to one another?... Read more about Exhibition | Hand Code: Makers in Proximity

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