Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC)

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The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is a
partnership of four Harvard museums designed to coordinate captivating
programming for all ages, permanent galleries, and dynamic rotating
exhibits. HMSC invites you to connect with Harvard University's
distinctive collections and vital research on human civilizations,
biodiversity, and the history of Earth and science.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology:
From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum at Harvard University is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. The museum is a member of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) consortium.

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East:
Journey from Egypt to Mesopotamia through galleries that showcase the history, languages, and cultures of the ancient Near East - the region that brought us the alphabet, the pyramids, and other wonders of the ancient world. The museum, founded in 1889, houses more than 40,000 ancient Near Easten artifacts, many from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia. The Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East uses these collections to investigate and teach Near Eastern archaeology, history, and culture. The museum is a member of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) consortium.

Harvard Museum of Natural History:
The Harvard Museum of Natural History was established in
1998 as the public face of three research museums: the Museum of Comparative
Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical & Geological
Museum. Presenting these incomparable collections and the research of
scientists across the University, the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s
mission is to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural
world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery
in people of all ages.

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments:

The core mission of the Collection of Historical
Scientific Instruments is to preserve, document, and care for over 20,000
instruments portraying the history of science teaching and research at Harvard
from the Colonial period to the 21st century. Through its lively exhibit and
teaching programs, web presence, and increasing involvement in critical media
practices, the CHSI’s research activities and cultural initiatives intersect
and bring together a multiplicity of academic disciplines and areas of
professional museum expertise. The CHSI is both a specialized institution and
an experimental space, where Harvard Faculty and students, instrument scholars
and museum experts meet in the production of object-based knowledge.


Programs by Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC)

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Inside Skeletons

What do all vertebrates have in common? What are the advantages of having bones? In this program featuring live animals and skeletons, students will compare frogs, snakes, and turtles with humans to see basic characteristics shared by all...


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Maya and Aztec Leaders

A live, interactive program broadcast from the Harvard Peabody Museum galleries highlights the monuments, buildings, and symbols associated with royal power in Maya and Aztec civilizations.


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Mesopotamian Monuments

Students investigate monuments from Sumeria, Babylonia and Assyria that are on display in the galleries of the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East. Guided by a museum educator, the class analyzes sculptures as primary sources to understand...


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Cathy Disanzo   pmaereserve@hmsc.harvard.edu
11 Divinity Ave
Cambridge MA 02138
United States


Primary Disciplines

The programs of Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) cover:

Social Studies/History

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

“I am thrilled. They were so engaged, eyes were bright, they were riveted by the artifacts. I love the fact that they saw the actual objects we study in our books and had someone pointing out and explaining the details to us.” – 7th grade teacher

“There is no way we could have got the $1,000 for bus money to get 90 kids there in person.” – 7th grade teacher

“You successfully put your museum in my classroom.” – 7th grade teacher