In 1893, millions of people descended upon Chicago to visit the World’s Columbian Exposition. Harvard’s Frederic Putnam introduced Victorian-era Americans to the new field of anthropology. Thomas Edison unveiled the moving picture machine. George Ferris became a celebrity with his “Chicago Wheel.” Cracker Jack, hamburgers, shredded wheat, chocolate brownies, and Quaker Oats all made their debuts, and some of the best American beer makers presented their brews. The fair was a celebration of innovation, and this included beer.
Students entering grades 5–6
Become an experimental anthropologist and use a spear thrower, drill a hole with a bow-drill, and try other technologies of Indigenous people of North America.
Advance registration required. $160 members / $180 nonmembers
Visit all four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, including the Peabody Museum, for free on Friday, July 14, 2017.
Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free.
Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Kick off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice Celebration.
Please join us at a special members-only open house event to celebrate the Peabody Museum's 150th Anniversary and the new exhibition, All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology.
Take advantage of the late evening hours and mingle with fellow members, enjoy refreshments, and talk with museum staff about the new exhibition, the Peabody Museum's history, and more.
3D Lecture and Book Signing
Ilisa Barbash, Curator of Visual Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
The Weapons and Arts of War at the Peabody Museum
Partnering with our friends at Atlas Obscura, for Obscura Day 2017, participants can examine the beautiful, yet deadly weapons of war inside the Arts of War exhibition, complete with a special opportunity to handle the weapons.
Ruth Phillips, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa; Visiting Professor of Art History, Yale University
Free Admission Day in Honor of the Peabody Museum’s 150th Anniversary
Jody Diamond, Artist in Residence, Music Department, Harvard University, with Gamelan Si Betty
Showcase of the 2017 Harvard Business School Art Society’s photography competition.