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.