Hours and Admission

The Peabody Museum is one of the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. We encourage you to read our Know Before You Go policies.

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Harvard Faculty who wish to schedule a class visit may email PMAEreserve@hmsc.harvard.edu.  

Can't visit? Enjoy the museum at home with new digital content, including virtual programs, tours, podcasts, and coloring pages on HMSC Connects!  Please see Peabody Museum Online Resources for online exhibits, videos, 3D models, and to search the collections. 


The Peabody Museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25, and January 1.

General Admission

General admission includes all exhibits. The Peabody Museum is connected to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours.

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Special Free Admission (with valid ID)

  • Free for holders of a current Harvard ID (+1 guest); Harvard Museums of Science & Culture members, and Harvard Art Museums members.
  • Free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (September through May). Proof of residency required. This offer is not available to commercial groups.
  • Free for Massachusetts Teachers (K–12)
  • Free for EBT card-holder and up to five guests
  • Free for active duty military with their families in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities Blue Star Museums program. Year-round free admission is offered to the Peabody Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History using the Blue Star Museums guidelines.

Discounted Admission (with valid ID) 

Boston and Cambridge libraries are among the dozens of public libraries in Massachusetts that have museum passes available for $6 admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the adjoining Harvard Museum of Natural History. One admission includes both museums and each pass admits up to four people. Ask for passes at your local library! Please be prepared to show proof of Massachusetts residency or library/network membership. Not valid for group, institutional, or corporate visits, and cannot be combined with any other offers. 
(Are you a library looking to add us to the list of museum passes you offer? Libraries pay just $200 a year for 200 passes through the Library Membership Program.)

Visiting with Children? 

Check out these resources to enhance your visit!

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

See K–12 program descriptions and fees. Please call 617-495-2341 for information and reservations, email PMAEreserve@hmsc.harvard.edu.

Museum Policies

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

  • No eating or drinking in the galleries  
  • No running in the galleries
  • Our passages are narrow; please keep them accessible for other visitors 
  • Do not lean on glass cases; they are fragile 
  • Cell phones are permitted for phone calls in the ground- and third-floor lobbies
  • Personal photography is allowed; however, the use of flash and tripods is not permitted in the galleries
  • Commercial photography or video cameras is permitted with prior written permission; fees may apply.  See information on commercial and educational photography and videography.
  • Drawing is encouraged in the galleries, but the use of clay, paints, pastels, and chalk is not permitted 
  • Respect and be courteous to other patrons
  • Respect other cultures
  • Respect museum and others' property
  • Follow instructions given by museum staff
  • Attend to hours of operation
  • Make reasonable use of facilities

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Map

Find your way among the galleries of the Peabody Museum,  Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. See how close all four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture are to each other,  all within a five-minute walk.