Meet a Scientist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Come see the world through the eyes of a scientist and explore what research reveals about life and our planet. Graduate students from the departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Human Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University will share their research with hands-on activities in the HMNH […]

The Mexican Revolution of 1910: A Sociohistorical Interpretation

Javier Garciadiego Dantán, Historian and Author; Professor of History, El Colegio de México, Director, Academia Mexicana de la Historia A rigged election and a political crisis among competing elites, middle classes, and rural workers: What could go wrong? The Mexican Revolution of 1910 began as a multilocal revolt against the 35-year regime of dictator Porfirio […]

April School Vacation Week Activities at the Peabody Museum

Drop in to the third-floor galleries to touch a Maya hieroglyph and create your own glyph rubbing to take home. In the Arts of War exhibit, hunt for animals hidden in designs on weapons and armor from around the world. Activities are free with regular museum admission. Self-guided activities change daily. Admission is free for […]

Viruses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Paul Turner, Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Microbiology Program Faculty Member, Yale University Viruses are the tiniest but most numerous inhabitants of Earth. Although notorious for causing deadly epidemics, not all viruses are bad. Many are beneficial to their hosts and several play key roles in maintaining the health of ecosystems. Paul […]

Ancient Egyptian Gardens

Christian E. Loeben, Egyptologist and Keeper of Egyptian and Islamic Arts, Museum August Kestner, Hanover, Germany The oldest documented gardens in the world are from ancient Egypt. Gardens were described in hieroglyphic texts and depicted in paintings, and many have been recovered through archaeology. From these sources we know that ancient Egyptians maintained gardens at […]

Art and Science Converge in the Deep Sea

Lily Simonson, Painter Peter R. Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Lily Simonson and Peter Girguis exemplify the long tradition of artists and scientists working in tandem to explore new worlds—in their case, the magnificent deep sea. Simonson will discuss how the immersive, glowing canvases in her current exhibition at the Harvard […]

The Care of Foreigners: Immigrant Physicians and the U.S. Health Care System

Eram Alam, Assistant Professor of History of Science, Harvard University In 1965, the United States invited thousands of physicians from other countries to fill vacancies that could not be filled with American doctors. While this strategy was meant to be a short-term solution, it became a permanent feature of the U.S. health care system. Today, […]

Making the Earth and Moon

Rebecca A. Fischer, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago in a series of giant collisions between other planetary bodies, the last of which produced the Moon. The fingerprints of this process can be seen in the chemical compositions of Earth and the […]

Evolution Matters: David Quammen and Carl Zimmer

David Quammen, Author and Journalist Carl Zimmer, Author and New York Times Columnist Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Evolution Matters Lecture Series, two of the world’s best-known science writers will engage in a lively and wide-ranging conversation. From a discussion of their latest books on heredity and the history of life on Earth to […]

The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes

Mark Plotkin, Co-Founder and President of the Amazon Conservation Team Brian Hettler, GIS and New Technologies Manager of the Amazon Conservation Team Richard Evans Schultes—ethnobotanist, taxonomist, writer, photographer, and Harvard professor—is regarded as one of the most important plant explorers of the twentieth century. In 1941, Schultes traveled to the Amazon rainforest on a mission […]

February School Vacation Week

This event occurs from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on Sunday, February 17–Friday, February 22, and on Sunday, February 24 (closed on Saturday, February 23). The Harvard Semitic Museum is closed on Saturdays. Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: make Egyptian accessories, hear a story, inscribe […]

I Heart Science

A Museum Festival for All Ages Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, and carnivorous plants. Hear short talks on current research at Harvard. Observe tiny, tough tardigrades (microscopic “water bears”), and make your own model of one. Bring your […]