For Immediate Release

New Admission Prices Effective September 1, 2012

(Cambridge, August 6, 2012) Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology admission prices will increase as of September 1, 2012.

The new rates will be: $12.00 adults, $10.00 seniors (65+), $10 non-Harvard students (with ID), $8:00 ages 3-18, under 3 free.

For K-12 school group admission prices, see this page.

Other admission features remain the same: Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History is included. Sundays from 9 AM to noon (year round) and Wednesdays from 3 PM to 5 PM (September-May) admission is free to Massachusetts residents, except commercial groups. Tour group rate: $1.00 off general admission with 2 weeks' advance reservation. Public information: 617-496-1027 or

About the Peabody Museum

From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, 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.

Special Exhibitions

Conservators at Work: Alaska's Historic Kayaks Renewed features conservators working in the Hall of the North American Indian gallery on historic Alutiiq kayaks and more. (Through June 30, 2013: Mondays from 12 to 3 PM, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2 to 5 PM. Special hours Monday, September 10, 2012: 11 AM to 2 PM)

Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard shows how today’s Harvard students understand the role of the Indian College and student life in Harvard’s early years. Student archaeologists unearthed evidence of colonial Harvard as a landscape shaped by social and religious tensions. (Through June 30, 2013)

From Daguerreotype to Digital: Photography and Anthropology explores how photographic innovations helped anthropologists expand the study of world cultures with photographs, cameras, and video. (Through January 31, 2013)

Translating Encounters: Travel and Transformation in the Early Seventeenth Century broadly explores the responses by Africans, Native Americans, and Europeans in the age of colonial exploration, as each struggled to comprehend the other. (Through December 31, 2013)

Ongoing Exhibitions

Encounters with the Americas explores the native cultures of Latin America before and after 1492, and includes dramatic life-size casts of Maya monuments.

Change & Continuity: Hall of the North American Indian illustrates the diversity of North American cultures, as seen through materials produced by indigenous peoples. The exhibit considers historic interactions between native peoples and Europeans during a period of profound social change and includes aspects of contemporary Native American cultures.

The Day of the Dead Altar in the Encounters with the Americas gallery features objects from the Alice P. Melvin Collection of Mexican Folk Art mixed with skeletons, plush Jesus figures, and more. The altar represents the Aztec origins of the holiday and the Catholic symbols incorporated into the tradition.

The Pacific Islands Hall features a diverse array of artifacts from the Hawaiian, Indonesian, Micronesian, Philippines and other Pacific Islands. One of the Museum's finest collections, gathered by researchers and Boston's 19th-century maritime merchants, the exhibit boasts spectacular carvings, canoes, shields, ornaments, and a fine collection of shadow puppets.

Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas features large-scale drawings, photographs, and actual pieces of murals from the Awatovi, Maya, and Moche cultures. From New Mexico and Guatemala to the desert cities of Peru, the murals provide a rare and unique glimpse into the past.

Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West presents historic colored drawings by 19th-century Plains Indian warriors with historic Lakota objects from the Peabody’s collections. The gallery was designed with contemporary Lakota artist and co-curator Butch Thunder Hawk.

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Faith Sutter
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Peabody Museum
Tel: 617-495-3397


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