The Harvard Museum of Natural History was founded in 1998 and it is the face of three important research museums:
- The Mineralogical and Geological Museum
- The Museum of Comparative Zoology
- Harvard University Herbaria
Collections from these amazing museums and research of professional scientists from the university create the incredible exhibitions. The purpose is to develop public appreciation and understanding of the world and of the human place. The museum combines the history of its parents with the evolution of the world, and with present researches that address current issues. It offers an ingenious educational experience in a distinctive and friendly setting.
The museum believes that the way people perceive and understand the world can be changed. Also, it considers that close observation is very important and that asking questions can be essential for those who really want to know more about the natural world. The Harvard museum focuses on encouraging people to “look close, dig deeper” through programs, exhibits, classes for learners. It is famous for its new permanent galleries, historical collections and temporary exhibitions.
Even though the institution is almost new, its roots and collections go back to the 19th century. Approximately 21 million specimens come from the museum’s branches. There are a lot of entertaining and educational programs for visitors of all ages. Let us have a closer look at some of the most important exhibitions:
Fish Gallery: A great variety of fish from gars and stonefish to seahorses is displayed here. Iconic specimens like the mako and hammerhead sharks, the prickly porcupine fish and the massive bluefin tuna are displayed for the people.
New England Forests: The ecology of the regional forests and the natural history can be explored through a multi-media exhibition. The way they respond to the human activity and the significance they have on the environment will definitely be appealing for the visitors. You’ll also have the chance to explore wolves, the ecology of woodland caribou and other amazing wildlife; additional interesting things include information about lichen cities, both little aquatic insects and giant moose.
Arthropods: This exhibition displays the newest scientific researches that display the astonishing evolution of arthropods and also the impact they have on our lives. When it comes to their size, they range from enormous king crabs to minuscule mites.
African gallery: Hippopotamus, hyena, lions, gorillas, ostrich and a great diversity of rare animals coming from the Island of Madagascar will impress visitors for sure.
Upcoming events and exhibitions
For this month, some of the most important events include ‘Booksigning’, an author talk with John McCannon, Lecture by Arkhat Abzhanov and various mollusks exhibitions. All you have to do is check the calendar and see where you would like to attend. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is an incredible source of information and history, and with its attractive programs for visitor of all ages, it’s definitely a place worth visiting. Additional upcoming events include:
- January 26: “History of the Arctic: Nature, Exploration and Exploitation”
- January 31: “Where Art Thou, Little Bird? Developmental Mechanisms for the Origin and Evolution of Birds”