Canceled: Tours by Harvard Student Guides

As Harvard University works to welcome a limited number of students and staff back to campus, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture continues to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and consider enhanced protocols for a safe return for onsite visitors.  While we remain temporarily closed, we encourage you to enjoy the museum at home with new and frequently refreshed digital content via HMSC Connects!. Stay tuned for a full schedule of virtual fall programs, including classes, tours, lectures, and events.

Harvard student guides lead Highlights Tours and Quick Stops, available during the fall and spring semesters, except during holidays, Wintersession, and Recess breaks.  See the Harvard academic calendar for dates. Tours may be offered in French, by advance request.

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Highlights Tours

Tours are available by special request in French, Spanish, and Mandarin. 

Fridays, 12:30 pm
Saturdays,  2:00 pm
Sundays,  2:00 pm 

Visit towering Native American totem poles and precious artifacts of the ancient world. See life-size casts of Maya monuments and changing exhibitions such as Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West, featuring 19th-century warrior art, Digging Veritas, which explores the archaeology of colonial Harvard, and Resetting the Table about food and our changing tastes. Tours visit highlights on the first, third and fourth floors. Guides encourage conversation and are interested in visitor reflections. Meet in the museum's side lobby near the water fountain. Tours are 45 minutes.

Free with museum admission; no registration required for groups of five or less. For college-age visitors and older.

For groups of 6 or more, please pre-reserve a scheduled group tour for the day and time of your choice by contacting Reservations at 617-495-3216. Each guide may lead a maximum of 20 people per tour. Larger groups may be divided into two or more sections with multiple guides. Advanced registration is required for multiple guides.

These tours are offered for people college age or older. Groups with younger people may reserve K-12 school programs through Reservations. 


Quick Stops

Wednesdays, 3:30 pm
Sundays, 11:30 am

Let a Harvard student help you focus on a few special objects in the galleries. Each Quick Stop lasts about 25 minutes and offers replica objects to handle while engaging in lively conversation. Tell us what the exhibits show you! Topics change daily.  Themes may address Princess Leia and Hopi pots; cloves and gongs; trays of eyes; or monuments to the "Typical American."

These activities are offered twice a week during free entry times for Massachusetts residents. No reservation is required. Meet on the fourth floor of the Peabody Museum near the sledge at the exhibition entrance, and listen for the student announcement.