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The mission of the Harvard Museum of Natural History is to enhance the understanding of the natural world and our place in it by presenting Harvard’s natural history collections in both historic and contemporary displays and by showcasing research from across the University.


Hosting an event at the Harvard Museum of Natural History is an opportunity for private groups and organizations to experience the museum at a time when it is not open to the public.

Receptions and Dinners

HMNH event rentals include full access to special exhibitions and galleries, including the Glass Flowers gallery and zoological and mineralogical galleries. The museum can accommodate up to 400 guests for receptions and up to 225 guests for seated dinners. We do not host events at the museum during business hours, daily from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.


Rental prices range depending on the number of guests and the nature of the event. For events that fall outside of the pricing chart please call for a quote.

 fewer than 50
 up to 100
 100 plus
 n/a  up to 75
 75 plus






$500 internal Harvard discount at all levels 



  • All proposed wording of notices, invitations, and/or press releases, as well as images, in relation with the event must be provided to and approved by the HMNH prior to printing and circulation.
  • A guest list including names and addresses of those planning to attend the event must be submitted to the museum within two days prior to the event. The HMNH reserves the right to invite listed guests to become members of the museum.
  • The use of audio or visual equipment, lighting, media and photography, and vendors must be approved by the museum.  All photography within the museum is for private use only and may not be published or displayed publicly without explicit permission from the museum.
  • For the safety of the museum's collections dancing is not permitted.
  • The Museum Shop is open during evening events. We are happy to assist with corporate gift options for your guests.

For additional information, please download the information form and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax it to 617.496.8308; or call 617.496.3479.


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