Enjoy free entry to four distinct locations, then enjoy circus performers and food trucks


Summer Solstice Celebration at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture


June 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge. Harvard is accessible by MBTA on the Red Line, after leaving an inbound Green Line train at Park Street Station. Free parking will also be available at the garage at 52 Oxford Street.

How many?

Free, but bring cash for the food trucks.

Why should I go there?

Today is the summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. Celebrate the occasion with this free celebration at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, which is finally returning as an in-person event after being virtual-only for the past two years. Attendees can explore the galleries and exhibits of the museums for free before attending outdoor musical and circus performances. They can also make a wreath and create a community mural, while eating snacks from local food trucks.

Harvard’s four science and culture museums are the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.

Discover the bilingual Muchos Mexicos exhibition at the Peabody Museum, which presents objects that present Mexico as a multicultural and geographical crossroads. Next, head to the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East for a life-size reproduction of the throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres, dating to 2550 BC. Visitors can also see the famous Glass flowers exhibit, representing 780 types of plants, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

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