The Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) 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.
Harvard Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum housed in the
University Museum Building, located on the campus of Harvard University in
Cambridge, Massachusetts. The most-visited attraction at Harvard—for its
historical collections, its temporary exhibitions, and its new permanent
galleries, its exhibitions draw on Harvard University’s natural history
collections; Harvard’s research faculty provides expertise; and programs for
members and the general public provide an exchange of information and ideas.
member of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the HMNH presents
to the public Harvard’s natural history collections and research of scientists
across the University. Its historic displays include some 11,000 specimens in
new, multi-media interactive exhibits. Exhibitions range anywhere from the
world-famous Blaschka Glass Flowers,” which in itself includes blue iris,
rhododendron, mountain laurel, water lily, orchids, or edible plants such as
banana, mango, cashew nut and coffee to an extensive collection of minerals and
meteorites, fossils, taxidermied, and jarred specimens, dinosaurs, hundreds of
mammals and birds.
reflects both the history of its affiliate museums and an evolution toward a
twenty-first-century institution that presents cutting-edge research, addresses
contemporary issues, and offers creative educational experience in a unique,
New and changing exhibitions highlight current science and address
contemporary issues including climate change and new insights into evolutionary
biology. Each year, more than 250,000 people take advantage of all that the
Harvard Museum of Natural History has to offer. Visitors include more than
40,000 school children in groups; adults and children from throughout the
region; and tourists from around the country and the world. The museum offers a
wide array of lectures, classes, and programs for learners of all ages, from
school children to adults.