A Day in Harvard Square

A visit to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the connected Harvard Museum of Natural History can be the highlight of a day in lively and historic Harvard Square. As part of the Harvard Square community, the museum is a vibrant and valuable destination for students, families, and travelers alike. Located on the campus of Harvard University, the museum is just a short walk from Harvard Yard, the MBTA Red Line, and bike share stops.  

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

While you are in the area visit our partner museums, offering permanent galleries and rotating exhibits, as well as weekly free lectures.

Admission to Harvard Museum of Natural History is included with entry to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Extensive natural-science collections, including animals, minerals, and the famous Glass Flowers.

The Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Home to the University's collections of over 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts, the museum collection includes pottery, cylinder seals, sculpture, coins, and cuneiform tablets.

Harvard has been acquiring scientific instruments for teaching and research since 1672. This collection, established in 1948, is one of the three largest university collections of its kind in the world and contains telescopes, timepieces, computers, optical equipment, and more.

Harvard Resources

Beyond Harvard Square

While you’re here, explore many options for dining, shopping, film screenings, bookstores, performing arts, lodging, and more, all geared towards varied interests and budgets. See a full directory on the Harvard Square Business Association website.


Harvard Square, just a short walk from the Peabody Museum through historic Harvard Yard.