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Welcome to the Harvard Museum of Natural History Press Room. Harvard Museum of Natural History public relations staff is available to assist you by providing background information, coordinating on-site photography and videography requests, and in servicing the news media with images of exhibitions, lecturers, or special programs. Join our mailing list to receive the latest exhibition and event releases.

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Members of the press are invited to visit the museum at any time. All requests are handled through our Communications Department. We ask that you call ahead before coming to the museum so that you can make the best use of your time. For national and international media who do not require on-site assistance, we can also help with interview, informational, and image requests by phone or email.
PR Contact: Blue Magruder, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 617.496.0049

 

Press Releases

High-res images related to each exhibition are available on request (see low-res image proofs on our Flickr page).

 

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Awarded $150,000 Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services: September 18, 2014

Birds of the World Gallery Reopens September 20 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Rare Stibnite Specimen Goes on Display at Harvard Museum of Natural History: June 3

Sea Creatures in Glass to open May 24 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museums Launch New Annual Program Focused on Innovative Curatorial Practice, Wednesday, April 30–Friday, May 2
Distinguished Visiting Curator: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller, a new exhibition opens November 16, 2013 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History: September 7, 2013

Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture on Friday, June 21, 2013, 5:00–9:00 pm

Harvard Museum of Natural History reopens renovated Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery April 6: March 13, 2013

Tree of Life visualization touch-table developed at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) puts evolution at visitors' fingertips
Massively detailed, interactive Tree of Life touch-table in the EVOLUTION gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History illustrates the processes of evolution: March 25, 2013

Time Trails Gallery Exploration Opening March 6 through December 6, 2013: March 3, 2013

Hear the Sounds of Nature in New England Forests Exhibition at Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Zofnass Family Gallery: February 22, 2013

Jane Pickering Named to Lead New Museum Consortium, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture: December 4, 2012


Cockroaches Mini-Exhibit Opens on September 29, 2012 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History


Harvard Museum of Natural History Admission Rates Increase
September 1, 2012

 
Renovated Fishes Exhibition Reopens June 2 at Harvard Museum of Natural History


New Exhibition, Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm to open February 18 at Harvard Museum of Natural History


Harvard Museum of Natural History announces the closing of Ghost Orchids, a glass sculpture installation by Glasgow glass artist Siobhan Healy, on view through March 4, 2012


JEOPARDY Video Clue Crew Shoots at Harvard Museum of Natural History


Glass Orchids by glass artist Siobhan Healy opens December 2 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Winter Solstice Night at the Museum
Wednesday, December 21, extended hours 5:00-8:00 pm, Revels' Headgear Gallery performances, 6:00 pm

Facelift - Restoration of Historic Mammals Now Completed at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
For the past few weeks, two artists and sculptors from the Chase Studio in Missouri have been working in the galleries along with renowned exhibition fabricator, Dr. Terry Chase, to repair some of the museum’s most beloved taxidermy specimens. 

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 October 29, a new exhibit Spiders! opens within Arthropods Creatures That Rule.

New England Forests Exhibition Opens May 21 at Harvard Museum of Natural History’s new Zofnass Family Gallery
On Saturday, May 21, 2011 the Harvard Museum of Natural History will debut the new Zofnass Family Gallery with the opening of New England Forests, a permanent multi-media exhibition that explores the natural history and ecology of our regional forests, their responses to human activity, and their environmental significance.

The Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants:  The “Glass Flowers” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History are Always in Bloom
No matter what time of year you visit, a garden of flowers is blooming in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  You can find iris, water lily, cashew and coffee plants, and even the crimson leaves of the red maple’s fall foliage.

Harvard Museum of Natural History Appoints Interim Executive Director & Launches National Search
The Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) today (Feb. 16, 2011) named as interim executive director David W. Ellis. Ellis is the former president of Lafayette College and the Museum of Science, Boston. He will temporarily replace Elisabeth Werby, who is slated to become chief of staff to the president of Northeastern University.

Harvard Museum of Natural History Completes Renovations to Africa Gallery
The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces the completion in late December of the renovated permanent Africa gallery.

National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week at Harvard Museum of Natural History
The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces programs and exhibitions in celebration of National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week.

Jane Wolff to Present New Directions in EcoPlanning Annual Lecture at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on April 28, 2010
Jane Wolff (Harvard GSD, ’92), director of the landscape architecture program at the University of Toronto, will be the annual speaker in the endowed lecture series New Directions in EcoPlanning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers
Opens May 22, 2010 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Bizarre Animals: An Evening of Contemporary Art Interventions
Organized by Carlin Wing, (Harvard '02) Artist-in-residence
Friday, March 26, ongoing from 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Domesticated: Modern Dioramas of Our New Natural History
Photographs by Amy Stein

The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces a new exhibition, opening January 22, 2010, of striking, large-scale color photographs by New York–based visual artist Amy Stein. Domesticated: Modern Dioramas of our New Natural History, explores the tenuous relationship between humans and animals as human civilization increasingly encroaches upon nature.

Harvard Museum of Natural History Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Founding of Museum of Comparative Zoology
Renovated Great Mammal Hall Reopens October 16, 2009.

Glass Sea Creatures, mini-exhibit of Harvard’s Blaschka glass animals, now on display at Harvard Museum of Natural History
Harvard Museum of Natural History has recently mounted a small display of nineteen marine models from the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s collection of 419 Blaschka marine models. 

Harvard Museum of Natural History Presents: Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation with James D. Watson and Edward O. Wilson
(Cambridge, MA) Harvard Museum of Natural History will present Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation with James  D. Watson and Edward O. Wilson on Wednesday September 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm. The event will be held in Sanders Theatre at Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

EVOLUTION, New Exhibition Opens April 18 at Harvard Museum of Natural History
On Saturday, April 18, 2009, the Harvard Museum of Natural History will open EVOLUTION, a new permanent exhibition dedicated to the concept that revolutionized biology and continues to inform current research.

Harvard Museum of Natural History announces Russell Mittermeier as the 2009 Roger Tory Peterson Medal Recipient and Guest Speaker on Sunday, April 5th at 3:00 p.m.
(Cambridge, MA) Russell Mittermeier, renowned wildlife biologist and president of Conservation International has been selected to receive the 12th annual Roger Tory Peterson Medal presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Egg & Nest: Photographs by Rosamond Purcell
The Harvard Museum of Natural History opens a new exhibition Egg & Nest: Photographs by Rosamond Purcell on February 12th, 2009. World-renowned photographer Rosamond Purcell's photographs of exquisitely elegant eggs and remarkable nests present an artist's view of natural history.

On Thursday, February 12, 2009, the museum will launch a major Evolution Matters lecture series, and a Darwin Anniversary Weekend of family programs in celebration of Charles Darwin's Bicentennial.

New Directions in EcoPlanning Lecture Series Established at Harvard Museum of Natural History: Kristina Hill to Present Inaugural Lecture on March 18, 2009
Kristina Hill, Director of the Program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia will be the inaugural speaker in a new annual lecture series New Directions in EcoPlanning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Distrigas/SUEZ supports WoW—Wonder on Wednesdays Out-of-School-Time Program
Distrigas/GDF SUEZ has announced its support as the lead corporate sponsor of WoW, Wonder on Wednesdays, an out-of-school-time program for urban youth at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Language of Color
This temporary exhibition will explore how animal colors are produced, the varied ways in which color is perceived, and the diverse messages that animal colors can convey.  Opening September 26, 2008 and on display through September 6, 2009. Extended to September 2011.

Looking at Leaves: Photographs by Amanda Means
Photography exhibition opens May 9, 2008, at Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Nests & Eggs
Featuring unique specimens—some on exhibit for the first time—still and video photography, original illustration, and hands-on experiences, Nests & Eggs delights and engages learners of all ages. The exhibition will run through August 2008.

The Glass Flowers
This internationally-acclaimed collection of over 3,000 models was created by the glass artisans, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf. The commission began in 1886, continued for five decades, and represents more than 830 plant species.

11th Annual Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture
Jeremy Jackson, renowned marine ecologist of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will deliver the Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture on Sunday, April 6th, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. in the Harvard University Science Center, One Oxford Street, Cambridge.

Looking at Animals: Photographs by Henry Horenstein
A special exhibition of photographs by acclaimed Boston photographer Henry Horenstein closes April 27, 2008.

Distrigas/SUEZ supports Wild Wednesdays Out-of-School Program
Distrigas of Massachusetts/SUEZ has announced its support as the lead corporate sponsor of Wild Wednesdays, an out-of-school program for urban youth at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Click the link above to download a press release.

 
 

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Photography & Videography Requests

The Communications department handles requests for photo and video shoots, whether for news media, commercial, educational, or personal purposes.

Please visit our photo page on Flickr to see images promoting our current and upcoming exhibits. High-res versions are available upon request.

The museum welcomes requests for photography for advertising, film, documentary and video productions, books, and stock photography.  For some commercial uses, a location fee or nominal donation may be required. As a non-profit organization, the museum relies on donations to continue its educational mission. The museum reserves the right to deny usage and image requests for any reason. Please email us with your specific request. Separate permission is required for photography at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.