Hours & Admission

All the World Is Here exhibition by Tony Rinaldo

Photo copyright Tony Rinaldo

Beginning on October 4, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—including the Peabody Museum—are excited to expand visitation to Harvard ID holders, HMSC members, volunteers, and their accompanied guests. Not a member? Join today! On November 26, HMSC will further expand visitation to include everyone. Learn more about our reopening plans and reserve your spot.

To ensure a more seamless admission process and overall visitor experience, we strongly encourage you to Know our policies, Show proof of vaccination or negative vaccination test, and Go reserve your spot. We look forward to your visit to the HMSC museums!

Harvard Faculty who wish to schedule a class visit, please see For Harvard Faculty: Using Collections in Your Courses.

Sign up for our enews to receive the latest updates. Check the HMSC website for all four museums' visitation hours. As we prepare to reopen our doors to all, we encourage you to enjoy the museum at home with new digital content, including virtual programs, tours, podcasts, and coloring pages on HMSC Connects!  Please see Peabody Museum Online Resources for online exhibits, videos, 3D models, and to search the collections. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the museums soon!


Starting Monday, October 4 the Harvard Museum of Natural History will be open Sunday–Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25, and January 1


General Admission

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 pmresearch@fas.harvard.edu

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
  • Blue Star Museums logoFree 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!

Group Visits

Advance reservations are required. Learn about admission rates and registration information for group visits and prepaid museum passes for educational institutions.

School Visits

See K–12 program descriptions and rates. Please call (617) 495-2341 for information and reservations, email PMAEreserve@hmsc.harvard.edu.

Museum Policies

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