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 â€œRock of Ages: The Evolution of Minerals through Earth Historyâ€, and Dr. Vera Domingues, a researcher in Harvardâ€™s Department of Mammalogy, for a 7:00 pm gallery tour on â€œNatural Selection at Work: Color and Patterns in the Wildâ€ in the Language of Color exhibition.
Bring friends to see the world famous exhibit of 3,200 â€˜Glass Flowersâ€™, amazingly realistic models of plants, fruits and flowers created by father-son glass artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1886-1936. You wonâ€™t believe theyâ€™re not real – a detail is pictured below.
Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvardâ€™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 worldâ€™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 â€˜Tâ€™ station. Open daily, 9 am â€“ 5 pm, 361 days/year. Handicapped accessible. Explore www.hmnh.harvard.edu 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, http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/lectures_and_special_events/index.php#summer