Back to Previous
Marine Life Exhibition at Harvard Museum of Natural History Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA
October 26 - December 31, 2016
Recurring daily
Visit Website

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, the new Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery will open at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The centerpiece of the new Marine Life exhibition - a floor to ceiling re-creation of life in New England's coastal waters -will immerse visitors in the astounding diversity and dynamic interplay among animals in marine communities just off local shores. As models of glowing jellies, a giant sea turtle, and other sea animals appear to swim above their heads, museumgoers will learn about new research and explore displays of real fishes, mollusks, crustaceans, corals, and other marine organisms selected from the world-renowned collections of Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology.  A special interactive display will introduce visitors of all ages to the amazing world of jellyfish, and the ocean exploration theater will take them on a multimedia journey of discovery into the surface and deep oceans of the world, guided by Harvard biologists.

The new permanent exhibition is adjacent to the museum’s renovated 1874 Great Mammal Hall with huge sperm, right and fin whale skeletons suspended from the two-story ceiling. Nearby, visitors may explore the intricate Blaschka Sea Creatures in Glass, models of marine invertebrates by the same 19th century glass artisans who created Harvard’s famed Glass Flowers.

Marine Life Exhibition at Harvard Museum of Natural History