Summer Solstice Celebration 2014


Open Monday–Friday, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Open Sundays, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Closed Saturdays
Admission: Free

Closed on:

January 1
Thanksgiving Day
December 24
December 25


By Train

1. Take a MBTA Red Line to Harvard Square Station
2. Take a Massachusetts Avenue exit
3. Walk diagonally through Harvard Yard to
4. Continue walking through the Plaza
5. Turn right on Kirkland St
6. Turn left onto Divinity Ave

By Bus

1. Take the 86 Bus to Kirkland St
2. Turn right on Kirkland St
3. Take the first left onto Divinity Ave

By Car

From Harvard Square

1. Head East on Massachusetts Ave
2. Make a slight right onto Cambridge St
3. Make a slight left to stay on Cambridge St
4. Turn left onto Quincy St
5. Turn right onto Kirkland St
6. Take your first left onto Divinity Avenue


Museum Parking

Parking in front of the museum is not available. Parking for cars and vans is available at the garage located at 52 Oxford Street. Permits must be purchased in advance online through the Harvard Parking Office using code 2021.

Weekend permits for the Oxford Street Garage can be purchased in-person at the Harvard Museum of Natural History's admission desk at 26 Oxford Street. License plate number required for purchase.

Tour and school buses may get detailed bus parking instructions by visiting this page or by contacting reservations at 617-495-3216.

Self-Guided Group Visits & Guided Tours

All groups of ten or more are asked to register (please see below). The Harvard Semitic Museum is available for self-guided group visits and two different docent-led tours for groups of 10 people or more. Docent tours run 30-60 minutes and are available with advance registration. 
Self-guided student groups from grades 4–12 are welcome in groups of 10–24 people. Groups of 25 and more will be asked to schedule visits on separate days to accommodate college classes in the same building.
College-level educators are invited to bring their classes from any university or program to the Harvard Semitic Museum. 
Please register all group visits at least two weeks in advance by phone (617-495-3216) or by email ( on Monday–Friday, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The museum may not be able to allow entry without advance registration. Self-guided group tours are free of charge. Docent-led tours cost two dollars per person.

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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips for 10-50 middle school students per session must also be reserved at least two weeks in advance. The fee is $150 for up to 50 students.

Please complete the online Reservation Request Form to begin the reservations process. When the request has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the Education Department to complete the reservation.

Educator Admission

Educators are invited to bring their classes to the Harvard Semitic Museum. Reservations for classes are required; please contact the reservation desk by phone (617-495-3216) or by email ( on Monday-Friday, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Educators are invited to visit the museum anytime during open hours to develop assignments for their students’ visits.