The Harvard Museum of Natural History is a great resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about nature. In addition to the permanent exhibits that can be enjoyed at the museum throughout the year, it also has a few exhibits that are either already at the museum or that will soon be showing up. Here is a look at a couple that you might want to check out this month.
Birds of the World
The Birds of the World exhibit kicked off in September of 2014 and will continue to be available at the museum until September 20, 2016. So, if you haven’t had the chance to see this exhibit yet, time is quickly starting to run out.
The Birds of the World exhibit features hundreds of specimens representing more than 200 different bird families. Worldwide, there are more than 10,000 species of birds to be explored, making birds the most diverse land vertebrates on the planet. Found in every part of the world, ranging from polar ice caps to tropical forests, birds vary significantly in size and habits. While the bee hummingbird is a tiny specimen that can easily fit in the palm of a human hand, the towering elephant bird can reach heights of as much as ten feet.
The exhibit on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History is the result of months of cleaning and restoring mounted bird specimens within the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s ornithology collection. In addition to boasting completely refurbished antique cases and a redesigned exhibit display, the exhibit also shares information about the latest in surprising scientific discoveries regarding evolution and other topics.
Marine Life Exhibition
A new permanent Marine Life exhibition will be available in the Putnam Family Gallery of the Harvard Museum of Natural History starting on November 21st, making late November a great time to visit the museum in order to see the Birds of the World exhibit along with the new Marine Life exhibit. The new exhibit will feature a number of impressive sights, including a floor-to-ceiling re-creation of life in the coastal waters of New England. The exhibit will immerse visitors in the diversity and interplay among animals in marine communities located just off of local shores. Models of giant sea turtles, glowing jellies and other sea creatures will appear to swim over the heads of visitors.
In addition to being impressed by the models, visitors to the new exhibit will also have the opportunity to learn more about the latest research in marine biology as they explore displays of real mollusks, fishes, crustaceans, corals and other organizations selected from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. In one interactive exhibit, visitors will explore the world of jellyfish, while the ocean exploration theater will take them into the deep oceans of the world.
The new exhibit will be located adjacent to the 1874 Great Mammal Hall, which features right, sperm and fin whale skeletons suspended from a two-story ceiling. The Sea Creatures in Glass exhibit is also located nearby.
Located at 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily. The cost of admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students with I.D., $10 for Seniors 65 and over and $8 for children between the ages of 3 and 18. Call 617-495-3045 for more information.