February at the Peabody Museum
Saturday, May 26-Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Desert Kingdoms of Peru
Experience the desert kingdoms of Peru, once considered the height of sophistication and civilization by highland peoples with Peabody Museum director Jeffrey Quilter, who has spent most of his professional career investigating the ancient cultures of Peru’s coast. Throughout prehistory, a dazzling diversity of cultures rose and fell in different coastal regions: Nazca with its bright colored pottery, Moche with its painted temples and golden tombs, and later the mighty Chimu, the main rivals of the Incas.
Through February 28
An Archaeologist's Archive
A small exhibit in the museum's lobby reveals meticulously composed field notes and photographs documenting Samuel Lothrop’s excavation of mysterious large stone balls and other artifacts at a United Fruit Company banana plantation near Palmar Sur, Costa Rica in 1949. You can see one of these stone balls on display just outside the entrance to the Peabody Museum.

Samuel Lothrop's field notebook, PM# 996-27-20/75056.
The 24-Hour Museum: Online Exhibitions
These exhibitions are open 24 hours a day. Explore current exhibitions like Arts of Wa r and Ocarinas of the Americas, or see highlights from past exhibitions like These Shoes Were Made for...Walking, Michael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961, and Masked Festivals of Canton Bo.

A masker wearing a white-shell head-dress, bent with age and wisdom. Photo by Monni Adams.
Saturday, February 10
I ❤️ Science
at Harvard Museum of Natural History
Awaken your love of science at this festival featuring dozens of activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers.
Sunday, February 18–Friday, February 23 and Sunday, February 25, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Vacation Week Activities
Free ,  fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: make Egyptian accessories, inscribe clay tablets, or decode hieroglyphics. Drop in for five minutes--or 30--to see what is new every day. Activities take place on the first floor of the Harvard Semitic Museum. This HMSC museum explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life-sized casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy coffins, and tablets containing the earliest forms of writing.
All the World Is Here Lecture Video

If you’ve wondered how the Peabody’s presentation of anthropology at the 1893 Columbian Exposition Anthropologist compared to the Smithsonian’s, look no further than the lecture below. As part of the series celebrating All the World Is Here , Ira Jacknis of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC-Berkeley explained that the two exhibitions offered competing versions of cultural reality, and he traced anthropological display innovations that have now become standard museum practice.
Header: Detail of Plains Indian calumet (pipe) stem, ca. 1780-1830. PM 99-12-10/53101.2; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, copyright President and Fellows of Harvard College.
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