Teaching Displays

Among the Peabody Museum's public galleries is an exhibit space dedicated to course Teaching Displays. These rotating exhibits are designed by Peabody Museum staff in consultation with Harvard faculty, in order to support course teaching by illustrating and enhancing chosen themes. Teaching Displays remain up for a minimum of two weeks, and can be viewed by students during regular Museum hours (9 AM-5 PM). Teaching Displays work especially well for large classes or sections. Faculty must request teaching displays at least a month in advance.

Faculty can also use Teaching Displays to allow their students to curate their own exhibition, under the supervision and with the support of Museum staff. Student-curated exhibits are a great way for students to learn new research methods, gain intimate knowledge of artifacts, and become more familiar with museum practice. These Teaching Displays must be requested before the start of the semester.

Past examples of Teaching Displays include:

  • Chocolate in the Americas, created by Museum staff and supporting course themes of food, politics, and trade
  • Archaeology of China, designed by students based on their course research

To learn more about Teaching Displays, or to begin developing a Teaching Display that will best meet the needs of a specific course, please contact Lainie Schultz, Academic Partnerships Coordinator, at lschultz@fas.harvard.edu.


Harvard University students and faculty examine a teaching display on the Peabody Museum's third floor.