Explore our exhibitions year-round and discover the natural history of the planet. Take a video tour of the museum galleries.

Hours & Location
Directions and Parking

Visitor Policies
Stroller Policy


Hours & Location

Open daily:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed on:
• January 1
• Thanksgiving Day
• December 24
• December 25

The museum is located at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, just past Harvard Yard.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is adjacent to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours.

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General Admission

General admission includes all exhibits.

Adults: $12.00
Non-Harvard Students with I.D.: $10.00
Seniors (65+): $10.00
Children ages 3–18: $8.00
Children under 3: Free
Free for members


Special free admission

  • Current Harvard I.D. holders and one guest are admitted free.
  • Free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to noon and on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (September through May) excluding commercial groups. Please be prepared to present proof of residency.
  • Members of institutions participating in the ASTC passport program are admitted free, subject to guidelines and restrictions. Please review these before your visit.
  • Active duty military are admitted free, and admitted with their families from Memorial Day, May 25, through Labor Day, September 7, 2015 in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities Blue Star Museums program


Multiple-attraction Pass Programs

The museum participates in two multi-attraction pass programs which allow ticket holders to save on admission to multiple Boston venues. Depending on the length of your visit, be sure to check out:

Save up to 47% off admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History OR the Old State House, plus 4 more top Boston attractions: the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, and the Skywalk Observatory at Prudential Center. You’ll skip most ticket lines, too.

Valid 9-days. Cost: Adult $54 (value $102); Child (3-11) $39. Purchase booklets or printable vouchers at or at the HMNH admissions desk for the same low price.

Go Boston Card is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to over 50 museums, tours, and attractions with a savings of up to 55%.


Group visits

Advance reservations are required. Learn about admission rates and registration information for group visits and prepaid museum passes for educational institutions.


School visits

Click here for program descriptions and rates. Please call 617.495.2341 for information and reservations, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .



The museum’s galleries are located on the third floor, which is accessible by elevator from the ground level via the (north) side entrance of the building at 26 Oxford Street. Parking near the museum is very limited; however some special arrangements may be available for accessible parking. Please refer to the parking section for more information.


Visitor Policies

Enjoy your visit, and please help us keep the museum safe and comfortable for other visitors. 

  • No eating or drinking in the galleries.
  • Our passages are narrow; keep them accessible for other visitors.
  • Do not lean on glass cases; they are fragile.
  • Cell phones use permitted in the ground and third floor lobbies. Do not use cell phones in the galleries. 
  • Personal photography is allowed; however, the use of tripods is not permitted in the galleries. Commercial photography or video cameras are not permitted without written permission. Information on photography and videography requests for commercial use can be found on the press room page. 
  • For those who wish to draw in the galleries, the use of clay, paints, pastels, and chalk are not permitted.

For those visiting with children:

  • Accompany children and help them respect the museum and other visitors.
  • Please see the stroller policy below.

Stroller Policy

The stroller policy is designed to support visits by children and families while insuring that all visitors enjoy their experience in this 19th century building.

  • We encourage you to use the smallest stroller possible to accommodate your children—preferably a folding stroller.
  • If you are parking your stroller, please do so in the designated area at the Oxford Street entrance. If possible, please fold the stroller.
  • Especially in the older galleries and on busy days, strollers may make it difficult for other visitors to pass or to see exhibits. Please be conscious of other visitors and their needs. 
  • Do not leave strollers unattended. Unattended strollers may be removed and placed in the stroller parking area.
  • We reserve the right to ask you to leave large strollers outside the building if in our judgment they will pose a problem for other visitors.