Thursday, July 15, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Summer Night at the Museum

The Harvard Museum of Natural History hosts extended hours on the third Thursday of each summer month. Explore the museum and the new Headgear exhibition. Join Peter Hedman, 2010 graduate of Harvard College with a concentration in the Earth & Planetary Sciences, for a 6 pm gallery talk on “Rock of Ages: The Evolution of Minerals through Earth History”, and Dr. Vera Domingues, a researcher in Harvard’s Department of Mammalogy, for a 7:00 pm gallery tour on “Natural Selection at Work: Color and Patterns in the Wild” in the Language of Color exhibition.

Bring friends to see the world famous exhibit of 3,200 ‘Glass Flowers’, amazingly realistic models of plants, fruits and flowers created by father-son glass artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1886-1936. You won’t believe they’re not real – a detail is pictured below.

Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard’s vast research collections at the University’s most visited museum — dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and hundreds of prehistoric and current-day animals from around the globe. Get close to the world’s only mounted Kronosaurus, a 42 ft-long marine reptile; one of the first Triceratops ever discovered; a 1,642 lb. amethyst geode; three huge whale skeletons.

The museum is on the Harvard University campus, just a short, 7-10 minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line ‘T’ station. Open daily, 9 am – 5 pm, 361 days/year. Handicapped accessible. Explore for changing exhibitions, dozens of lectures, events, classes for all ages, year-round.

The next Summer Night at the Museum will be August 19, 2010.

Details on the Harvard Museum of Natural History website,