Hours & Admission
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Museum Temporarily Closed to the Public
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 the Peabody Museum’s Online Resources and HMSC Connects!. Stay tuned for a full schedule of virtual fall programs, including classes, tours, lectures, and events.
The Peabody Museum is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm; closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25, and January 1.
General admission includes all exhibits. The Peabody Museum is adjacent to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours.
- Adults: $15.00
- Seniors (65+): $13.00
- Non-Harvard students with I.D.: $10.00
- Youth ages 3–18: $10.00
- Youth under 3: Free
- Free for members
- Group rates available with advance reservations; Harvard College & University classes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Free Admission (with valid ID)
- Free for holders of a current Harvard ID (+1 guest); Harvard Museums of Science & Culture members, and Harvard Art Museums members.
- Free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (September through May). Proof of residency required. This offer is not available to commercial groups.
- Free for Massachusetts Teachers (K-12)
- Free for EBT card-holder and up to five guests
- Free for active duty military with their families in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities Blue Star Museums program. Year-round free admission is offered to the Peabody Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History using the Blue Star Museums guidelines.
Discounted Admission (with valid ID)
Boston and Cambridge libraries are among the dozens of public libraries in Massachusetts that have museum passes available for $6 admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the adjoining Harvard Museum of Natural History. One admission includes both museums and each pass admits up to four people. Ask for passes at your local library! Please be prepared to show proof of Massachusetts residency or library/network membership. Not valid for group, institutional, or corporate visits, and cannot be combined with any other offers.
(Are you a library looking to add us to the list of museum passes you offer? Libraries pay just $200 a year for 200 passes through the Library Membership Program.)
Tours by Harvard Student Guides
Harvard student guides lead Highlights Tours and Quick Stops, available during the fall and spring semesters, except during holidays, Wintersession, and Recess breaks. Be sure to check the schedule for blackout dates.
Visiting with Children?
Check out these resources to enhance your visit!
Advance reservations are required. Learn about admission rates and registration information for group visits and prepaid museum passes for educational institutions.
Enjoy your visit, and please help us keep the museum safe and comfortable for other visitors.
- No eating or drinking in the galleries
- No running in the galleries
- Our passages are narrow; keep them accessible for other visitors
- Do not lean on glass cases; they are fragile
- Cell phones are permitted for phone calls in the ground- and third-floor lobbies
- Personal photography is allowed; however, the use of flash and tripods is not permitted in the galleries. Commercial photography or video cameras are not permitted without written permission
- See information on commercial photography and videography
- Drawing is encouraged in the galleries, but the use of clay, paints, pastels, and chalk is not permitted