For Immediate Release

New Winter Events for Families at the Peabody Museum

(Cambridge, January 5, 2010) How do wooden snow goggles work? What do archaeologists study? Two new events for families at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology answer those and other questions: Awesome Arctic Artifacts! Workshop and the February School Vacation Week Drop-in Discovery Room. Both are free with regular Museum admission.


Saturday, January 23, 2010
Awesome Arctic Artifacts! Workshop

Choice of two 60 minute sessions at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Free with regular admission
Advance registration required and space is limited, 617-495-3216
Recommended for children ages 7–12 with an accompanying adult

Ever wonder what wearing caribou fur feels like? Or how people traditionally hunted seals? Or how snow knives and snow goggles work? Come find out as we explore traditional arctic life in this artifact-based, hands-on program. Then make and decorate your own snow goggles to take home!


Tuesday, February 16 – Saturday, February 20, 2010 (School Vacation Week)
Drop-in Discovery Room

Daily, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free with regular admission

What do anthropologists and archaeologists study? Join us for fun activities and get some answers! Decorate a bison hide, grind corn, make Maya glyphs, visit the book nook, explore tables of artifacts while you learn about their conservation, and see if you are up to the challenge of gallery hunts and puzzles.


About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

Hours and location: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., seven days a week. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children, 3–18. Free with Harvard ID or Museum membership. The Museum is free to Massachusetts residents Sundays, 9 A.M. to noon, year round, and Wednesdays from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. (September to May). Admission includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For more information call 617-496-1027 or go online to: The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Museum is a short walk from the Harvard Square MBTA station.

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Faith Sutter
Communications Coordinator
Peabody Museum
Tel: 617-495-3397

Where: Peabody Museum
When: Jan. 23, 2010 and Feb. 16-20, 2010
Contact: 617-496-1027 or