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Harvard Yard Archaeology
Museum archaeologists are leading Harvard students in a Harvard Yard excavation. Follow harvardyardarchaeology on Instagram to see what they discover.
Thursday, November 1, 4:00–8:00 pm
Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Museum Open House and Evening Celebration
Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto , and enjoy live music. Catrina/catrín costume contest begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, November 1, 4:00–8:00 pm
Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Museum Family Celebration
Live music, Oaxacan wood carving, and festive decorations help to make this a joyful event designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved ones.
Through Nov. 30
Native American Poets Playlist
Poems in the Gallery
Listen to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor Native American galleries to see where the poems take you.
Borrow an audio player from the front desk to listen.
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Adult Class: Taller de pintura de estilo Zapoteca  
Zapotec-Style Painting Workshop
Learn how to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. Select an original small figure to paint and take home.
Sunday, November 18, 1:00–4:00 pm
Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt Kickoff
Celebrate the upcoming film  F antastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by embarking on your very own search for magical creatures. Dress up as your favorite character from the Wizarding World explore a maze of hallways and hidden rooms, peek around corners and into shadows to discover the real creatures and stories behind these fantastic beasts.
Thursday, November 29, 5:00–9:00 pm
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Member Night
at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Welcome the winter season with a polar-themed evening. Go behind the scenes in the Museum of Comparative Zoology to view animals that are well adapted to living in a cold climate. Explore this theme further in the HMNH galleries with educators and hands-on activities, while enjoying seasonal treats, and the special 25% member discount at The Shop at HMNH.
Thursday, November 29, 6:00 pm
The Ghosts of Gombe
On July 12, 1969, Ruth Davis, a young American volunteer at Dr. Jane Goodall’s research site in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, left camp to follow a chimpanzee into the forest. Six days later, her body was found floating at the base of a high waterfall. What happened? Drawing on his recent book, The Ghosts of Gombe , Dale Peterson will delve into the full story of day-to-day life at Gombe during the months preceding Ruth’s death.
Saturday, December 1, 10:30 am–12:00 pm and 1:00-–2:30 pm
Meet the First People of the Kalahari
See examples of animals both domestic and wild in Ju’/hoansi homelands, hear stories about teenage researchers John and Elizabeth Marshall, watch a short movie made by the researchers about the communities’ life then and now, practice some click language and hunting hand signals, and touch artifacts from other foraging and farming societies in the Americas. 
Wednesdays at 3:30 pm and Sundays at 11:30 am
Quick Stops
Let a Harvard student help you focus on one special object in the galleries. Each Quick Stop lasts about 15 minutes and offers replica objects to handle while engaging in lively conversation. Topics change daily and times coincide with free hours for Massachusetts residents.
Fridays, 12:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 pm
Free Highlights Tours by Harvard Students
Visitors may joins a highlights tour free with museum admission. Each tour is led by a Harvard student and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Visit every major exhibition and discuss and share observations with the guide in a relaxed atmosphere.
More for Archaeology Lovers
Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 pm
Photographing Tutankhamun
How the Camera Helped Create “King Tut”
When Howard Carter found the sealed entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, he secured the services of archaeological photographer Harry Burton to document the site. Christina Riggs will discuss how photography helped create “King Tut” at a pivotal time for both Egypt and archaeology, and how revisiting these images today is changing perceptions of twentieth-century archaeological research in Egypt.
Header: Detail of Plains Indian calumet (pipe) stem, ca. 1780-1830. PM 99-12-10/53101.2; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, ©President and Fellows of Harvard College, "A unicorn" Woodcut after C. Gessner, Wellcome_V0021193; ≠Toma, son of Khuan//a and Gao, hands a caterpillar to Elizabeth Marshall. Gift of Laurence K. Marshall and Lorna J. Marshall © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 2001.29.641; Day of the Dead Family Event and Quick Stop photos by Tony Rinaldo.
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