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Two New Photographic Lobby Exhibits, and Spiders! Open this Fall at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History announces two new photographic exhibits, opening in the museum lobby on October 12, showcasing the research of Harvard scholars. On one side of the lobby is Life in the Extreme Deep, a collection of stunning deep-sea photographs by scientists who work in the field with Harvard's Loeb Associate Professor of Natural Sciences Peter R. Girguis. On the lobby’s other wall are photographs by renowned zoologist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki, from his new book, Relics: Travels in Nature’s Time Machine. The exhibit presents a time-lapse photographic tour of life that has persisted nearly untouched for hundreds of millions of years. Both photographic exhibits will remain on display through June 2012. The new photographs replace images of tropical wildlife by Rick Stanley, Harvard 2012. 

On October 29, a new exhibit Spiders! opens within Arthropods Creatures That Rule. Learn about these amazingly versatile, and venomous, air-breathing animals which live on every continent except Antarctica, and in every terrestrial habitat. Check out the live tarantula!  In conjunction with the opening of Spiders!, the museum offers an afternoon of Halloween gallery exploration from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday afternoon October 29.

In conjunction with the photographic exhibits, the museum will offer a lecture by Harvard biologist Peter Girguis on Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 pm. Girguis will discuss issues surrounding the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and what biologists are doing to understand how natural “oil-eating” microbes are able to aid in the cleanup.  A reception in the exhibit will follow the talk. Tickets are free for museum members and $10 for others. 

On Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00pm, author Piotr Naskrecki will speak on Relics: Travels in Nature’s Time Machine, discussing his travels around the globe photographing creatures or habitats that remain remarkably similar to their earliest manifestations in the fossil record, or “relics.” See full descriptions of all museum events.


About the Harvard Museum of Natural History

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street, a 7-8 minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square T station.  The Museum is handicapped accessible. More than 192,000 visitors a year make the museum the University’s most visited.

Harvard Museum of Natural History:  Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except major holidays.  Admission: $9.00; seniors and students $7.00; $6.00 ages 3-18; under 3 free. For more information on exhibits and events, explore the website or call 617-495-3045.

The press release is available for download in pdf format.