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The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents presents special programs for children and their families. These in depth experiences give you a chance to look at the museum in a new light with your children. Occasional gallery explorations are offered for families to enjoy on their own


Exploring Science Together

Ever been jealous of all the fun hands-on activities your children get to do when learning about nature? Well, now is your chance to join in! Our new Exploring Science Together programs are designed to be a weekend opportunity for adults and children to learn together in a fun and interactive environment. Classes are taught by museum educators with experience teaching learners of all ages.



Instructor: Amy Gunzelmann

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Take a closer look and explore the minuscule world of bugs! Learn together with hands-on activities that show you how to classify and identify these numerous and diverse creatures! Participate in activities in our incredible Arthropods gallery. Observe and touch real live invertebrates and even go outside and collect some of your own! Dig in the dirt and see how invertebrates help us compost food waste into soil. Create your own scientific equipment to continue the study of entomology at home. All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for families with children in grades K–5.

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$10 members/$15 nonmembers, per person, including admission to the museum. Participants are encouraged to come early or stay late and explore the museum before or after class. These programs are inappropriate for children under five years of age. Advanced registration required. Register online.


Gallery Explorations

These educational and entertaining activities are designed for children and their families. 

Look, Listen & Touch


Look Listen Touch is a guide for young children to explore the Museum's New England Forests, in the Zofnass Family Gallery. Pick-up the exploration flyer at the front desk or in the gallery. Learn how to help your child experience nature in a multi-sensory way. Sit on the bench beneath the wolf; shut your eyes and listen. Do you hear the sounds of a bird singing, a woodpecker tapping, a frog croaking? How many different colors can you see in the feathers of one bird? Do animal and insect babies look like their parents?

Regular museum admission rates apply. 
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