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Lakota Moccasins

Lakota (Oglala) moccasins elaborately beaded top and sole, Pine Ridge, 1915.

Reservations are required for Programs and Self-Guided Visits. Please click the menu links to learn more about Programs, Self-Guided Visits, Teacher Resources, Student Resources, and Fees.  

As availability is limited, we recommend that programs be reserved as far in advance as possible. Groups that arrive at the museum for self-guided tours without reservations will not receive the group discount.

Request a reservation

When your reservation request has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the Education Department to complete the reservation.

Following a confirmed reservation, you will be emailed a pricing estimate for your visit, as well information on group transportation and bus parking. Please review the information carefully, and be sure to call us if anything is incorrect.

The reservations desk is regularly staffed from 9:00 am–3:00 pm, Monday-Friday, and can be contacted by phone at (617) 495-3216 or email at

Code of Conduct

We are looking forward to sharing the museum with you. The Peabody Museum is part of Harvard University. When school groups come for a visit, college students will be learning in nearby classrooms. It is hard to learn when it is too noisy, so please tell your group:

  1. Use library voices upon entering and exiting the museum.
  2. Use indoor voices in the museum exhibits. No yelling or calling.
  3. Walk on stairs. Running or jumping makes noise in this historic building.
  4. Only look at and do not touch any objects on display, even if they are out in the open. Touching can damage the objects and make it difficult for classes to learn from them.

Chaperones and teachers will be asked to monitor these rules. If a group is too loud it may be asked to leave. We don’t want that to happen, so please remember the guidelines listed above during your visit.

Payment Methods

Checks: Single check made payable to Harvard University. 

Credit Cards: MC, VISA, or AMEX

Cash: Large bills please.

Purchase Orders: Arrange at least one week before your visit with the Education Department.

Bring payment with you on the day of your visit.

Financial Aid

Learn about grants for field trip expenses through Target Field Trips and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Big Yellow School Bus program.


Notify the Education Department immediately by phone. Groups cancelling within two weeks prior to a scheduled program will be charged the full program fee.


Bus drop-off and pick-up is permitted, but there is no bus parking available at the museum. Refer to your confirmation email for bus and car parking options. 


Chaperones must stay with their students at all times and are responsible for the safety and proper conduct of the group. One adult is required and admitted free for every five students (grades K-8). Contact us about requirements for older students. Adults beyond the ratio are charged $10 each. Please note that reduced admission rates offered for library passes, membership, MTA, or Harvard ID holders do not apply.

Arrival and Departure Times

Museum Programs are 60 minutes, unless noted otherwise. Arrive 30 minutes before program start time to register and receive a short orientation. Program fee includes time to explore the museum on your own. Self-Guided Visits include a short orientation. 

Fees for both Programs and Self-Guided Visits include admission to the museum and the Harvard Museum of Natural History (in the same building). Allow time to explore!

The Shop at HMNH

The Shop at HMNH offers many interesting and educational items that can spark curiosity and extend the learning experience. Please have chaperones stay with students when visiting the shop.