HMSC spring 2019 program guide

Peabody Museum Lectures, Events & Tours

All events are free and open to the public, except where noted below. All lectures are at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, except where noted below.

Tours by Harvard student guides are available during the fall and spring. Be sure to check the tour schedule. 

SIGN UP for news of our events and behind-the-scenes activities. (Emails are sent approximately once a month with occasional program updates.) See all the latest Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC) Program Guide to lectures, events, and exhibitions by clicking the Program Guide image. As one of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Peabody Museum programs are included, as well as programs for the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Harvard Semitic Museum.

Most Peabody talks are recorded. See Past Events.


Ashley S. Hammond smiling
Date: Apr 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Evolution Matters Lecture Series. Free Public Lecture.

Ashley S. Hammond, Assistant Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School; Biological Anthropology Curator, American Museum of Natural History

Smiling African-American man with two smiling girls, all wearing fresh flower crowns
Date: Jun 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm to at 9:00 pm
All four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Free Special Event

Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of the summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Enjoy free admission to four museums and access to special performances. Make flower crowns and other sun-inspired crafts and learn about the astronomical significance of the solstice. Save the date for this festive community event and stay tuned for details.

illustration of cocktail glasses and eating utensils
Date: Jul 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm to at 10:00 pm
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Semitic Museum

Special Event

Join us on a culinary journey from the ancient Mediterranean to New England. Enjoy tastings, beverages, music, and activities while mingling at two new exhibits, Mediterranean Marketplaces and Resetting the Table: Food and Our Changing Tastes, at adjacent Harvard museums. Stay tuned for the full program!

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Semitic Museum in collaboration with Let’s Talk About Food.

Woman and child look at botanical specimens in behind-the-scenes area
Date: Aug 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm to at 9:00 pm
Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Special Event

Save the date for this annual summer event for members of all ages. This year, join us at the Harvard Semitic Museum to enjoy the new exhibition Mediterranean Marketplaces, taste foods from the region, try your hand at some ancient games, and interact with the collection in other fun ways. Light refreshments will be served. Not a member? See Harvard Museums of Science & Culture member benefits.