Calendar of Events

Peabody Museum Lectures, Events, & Exhibits

HMSC fall 2014 program guide

All events are free and open to the public, except where noted below. All lectures are at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, except where noted below.

DOWNLOAD the current Harvard Museums of Science and Culture Programs guide. As one of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (HMSC), Peabody Museum programs are included, as well as programs for the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Harvard Semitic Museum.

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Thursdays, 1pm–4pm September 11 –November 13

Harvard Yard Archaeology Project excavations (weather permitting)

Anthropology 1130 students will be excavating in the Yard this Fall further documenting the 1650 Harvard Indian College. More about the Project.  Download the 2014 brochure.


Thursday, September 11, 1:30 pm
Opening Ceremony for the Harvard Yard Archaeology Project

Harvard Yard, outside Matthews Hall, rain or shine


Tuesday, September 23, 6:00 pm
Public Lecture

Life at Colonial Harvard: The Archaeological Evidence

Diana Loren, Director of Academic Partnerships and Museum Curator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology


Saturday, September 27, 9:00-5:00 pm
Smithsonian Museum Day at Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Free admission for two people with Smithsonian Museum Day ticket. Select "Harvard Museums of Science & Culture" for access to all four museums.


Thursday, October 2, 6:00 pm
Public Lecture and Book Signing

Saving Lemurs from Extinction: Conservation in Action

Patricia Chapple Wright, Professor of Anthropology, Stony Brook University


Sunday, October 5 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Special Event for All Ages

Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard University


Monday, October 13 12:00-4:30 pm
Special Family Event

Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House


Saturday, November 1, 6:00–9:00 pm
Special Event

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Evening Celebration

Advance tickets required


Sunday, November 2, 12:00–4:00 pm
Special Family Event

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Family Event


Thursday, November 6, 1:30 pm
Results Day, Harvard Yard Archaeology Project

Students of Anthropology 1130 show and discuss the findings of the 2014 excavation season. Harvard Yard outside Matthews Hall.


Thursday, November 6, 6:00 pm
Public Lecture

Beautiful and Deadly: The Arts of War
Steven LeBlanc, Curator, Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology


Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 pm
Public Lecture

Protecting the Ash Tree: Wabanaki Diplomacy and Sustainability Science in Maine
Darren Ranco (PhD Social Anthropology, Harvard University), Chair of Native American Programs, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Coordinator of Native American Research, University of Maine