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The Peabody Museum shares cultural heritage from around the world. We welcome you to engage and learn in person or online

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Collections Overview

The Peabody Museum cares for a large and historic collection of anthropological materials from across the globe, including more than 1.2 million individual cultural items, 500,000 photographic images, and associated archival records.

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Find resources for Harvard University educators and students, for other colleges and universities, and for K–12 groups.  Registration for virtual programs is encouraged for K–12 groups during the Fall 2021 semester.

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Reopening Plans

November 17, 2021

Beginning Friday, November 26, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—including the Peabody Museum—will open their doors to all visitors! Tickets can be reserved online starting November 20. Advance reservations are required. Due to the volume of reservations, HMSC cannot guarantee that tickets will be available for walk-ins and/or unreserved admissions. 

To ensure a streamlined admission process and overall visitor experience, we strongly encourage you to ...

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Message from the Peabody Museum Director

January 28, 2021

Dear Members of the Peabody Community,

Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is intricately linked to 19th-century legacies of settler colonialism and imperialism both in the United States and around the globe. In its development as a premier research and teaching institution, the Peabody directly benefited from collecting practices that we recognize today ignore the wishes and values of families... Read more about Message from the Peabody Museum Director

Photos and Videos by Hispanic Teens to be Featured

September 10, 2020

In September 2020, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture—a consortium that includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—will launch Hear Me Out, a project to expand Hispanic engagement by collaborating with youth. The consortium will partner with two youth-serving agencies in Chelsea and Somerville, neighboring cities that have large Hispanic populations, and the Somerville Media Center.... Read more about Photos and Videos by Hispanic Teens to be Featured

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