Museums


HMSC Fireside Chat

Brenda D. Tindal, the executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, held a conversation on Tuesday night about her priorities in this new role.


Documentary on Harvard Daguerreotypes Lawsuit Premieres as Court Hearing Looms

A documentary on a Black woman trying to reclaim her family’s history by suing Harvard University over its possession of photographs depicting her enslaved ancestors premiered Friday at a Harvard Square movie theater.


Harvard Art Museums

After being closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, the Harvard Art Museum reopened to the public on Saturday.


Peabody Museum in Talks To Repatriate Ponca Tomahawk Following Descendant’s Request, Nebraska Legislature Resolution

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is in talks with Ponca tribal leaders and a descendant of Ponca chief Standing Bear to repatriate to the Ponca people a pipe tomahawk that once belonged to Standing Bear, Museum Director Jane Pickering said in an interview on Thursday.


Peabody Museum Apologizes For Practices Around Native American Cultural Objects, Announces Policy Changes

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology administrators apologized for the “pain” the museum caused by its refusal to voluntarily return certain funerary objects to Native American tribes and pledged to reverse the policy in response to a letter from the Association on American Indian Affairs last month criticizing the museum.


Native American Nonprofit Accuses Harvard of Violating Federal Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

The Association on American Indian Affairs sent a letter to University President Lawrence S. Bacow in February alleging that Harvard is in violation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Massachusetts Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over Harvard’s Possession of Slave Photos

A Middlesex Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed Connecticut resident Tamara K. Lanier’s lawsuit against Harvard alleging that the University unlawfully possesses and profits from historic photos she says depict her enslaved ancestors. Lanier plans to appeal the decision.


Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology was founded in 1866.


Possible Remains of Enslaved People Found in Harvard Museum Collections

Following the discovery of the remains of potentially enslaved people in its collections, Harvard has formed a steering committee to catalogue and develop policies around the human remains housed in the school’s museums, University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced in an email to affiliates on Thursday.


Square Businesses, Harvard Museums and Libraries Keep Doors Closed as Mass. Enters Phase Three of Reopening

As Massachusetts moved into the third phase of its reopening plan Monday, Harvard museums and libraries — as well as local fitness centers and movie theaters — are keeping their doors shut.


Museum Closings

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus across the globe, many museums at Harvard University have decided to close to the public until it is deemed safe to reopen.


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