Obscura Day


May 06, 2017, 10:30 am


Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Arts of War
Arts of War

The Weapons and Arts of War at the Peabody Museum

Partnering with our friends at Atlas Obscura, for Obscura Day 2017, participants can examine the beautiful, yet deadly weapons of war inside the Arts of War exhibition, complete with a special opportunity to handle the weapons.

War is a persistent attribute of human cultures through time, and weapons are crafted with a practical, and deadly, intent. Nearly as pervasive as war itself, is the practice of decorating objects used to wage it. Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures presents the varied beauty and craftsmanship of war objects drawn from cultures around the world at Harvard’s world-renowned anthropology museum.

From maces, clubs, daggers, and spears, to shields, helmets, and entire suits of armor, Arts of War offers museum-goers more than 150 striking examples of weapons that are also extraordinary works of art. Led by a Harvard student guide, you'll learn about the objects in the exhibition as well as handle weapons related to the exhibition.

Your tour ticket includes admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which you are welcome to explore after your session!