Inside the Peabody Museum December 2016
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Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate the new film Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and revel in a holiday season bursting with the magic of J. K. Rowling’s world by embarking on your very own search for magical creatures! Climb a 150-year-old staircase, explore a maze of hallways and hidden rooms, peek around corners and into shadows to discover the real creatures and stories behind unicorns, yetis, nundus and other fantastic beasts. Where CAN you find them? Look no further than the hallowed halls of the Peabody Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Harvard Semitic Museum.* Witches, wizards, muggles, and magizoologists of all ages are invited to pick up the Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt clue sheets at any of these Harvard museums and begin a quest to uncover the hiding places for a host of amazing creatures. Find them all, and you win small memento! Time is limited, so plan your visit now. The magic ends on January 8.
*The Harvard Semitic Museum is now open Sunday–Friday, 11:00 am–4:00 pm, closed Saturdays. Harvard Semitic Museum is included in Scavenger Hunt through December 23.
What Harvard Archaeologists Found near the Old College
"Four buildings made up the 17th-century Harvard campus. Two of these, the Old College and the Indian College, were near the present archaeological excavation.
The features and artifacts excavated this semester confirm the presence of a refuse zone, likely from the Old College building of 1638, the first college building in America, and long gone from the Yard. Among this semester’s finds are 17th century clay roof tiles, diamond-pane window glass, many handmade bricks, clay tobacco pipes, a lead musket ball, and a piece of flint for a firearm...." Read the rest of the Harvard Gazette story and photo gallery...
An Unusual Gift
The Peabody Museum has been the grateful recipient of many unusual gifts during its 150 years, but one recent offering was quite a surprise. "It was late on an achingly slow Friday afternoon in the Dog Days of August when we got a call from the Earth and Planetary Sciences department," recounted Peabody Museum director Jeffrey Quilter. "A man in late middle age had come to EPS bearing a brass 'Peabody Museum' plaque, that very day. He claimed that he had been a student at Harvard back in the mid-1970s and had stolen the sign as a prank, egged on by friends. He also claimed that he had felt guilty for the theft and so he decided to return it to the museum after a mere 40 years or so." The museum accepted the plaque with gratitude.
Travel to Ireland with the Peabody's Director
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Travel invites families to uncover Ireland’s ancient history on the hands-on program, Family Ireland: An Archaeological and Historical Journey. Participate in live archaeological research, make traditional brown bread, and learn some Irish dancing steps and Gaelic phrases. Travelers of all ages will enjoy the fascinating stories of the Irish landscapes and monuments. The Peabody's own director Jeffrey Quilter is the study leader for this trip, June 25-July 3, 2017.
Holiday Gift Idea: Membership
What makes people happy? Experiences like a visit to a museum! Research has shown than happiness is associated with experiences even more than possessions. As you complete your holiday shopping, consider giving the gift of membership, which includes discounts on classes and opportunities to experience the museum in unique ways such as the free, members-only Night at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on December 6 featuring holiday shopping, and extended exhibit hours.
Image credits: Membership photo by David Barron/Oxygen Group. Harvard Yard Archaeology Project photo by Jon Chase of the Harvard Gazette. All other images © President and Fellows of Harvard College.
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