Summer Solstice Celebration 2019: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Friday, June 21, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Free Special Event Open to the Public

On the longest day of the year, explore the world and have fun at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's Summer Solstice Celebration. From 5:00–9:00 pm, enjoy free admission to four museums: the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Harvard Semitic Museum.

Start off with a visit to our new and permanent exhibitions:

Then step outdoors for a host of fun activities:

  • Make a summer crown with fresh flowers and greens to wear during the event.
  • Marvel at circus performers.
  • Enjoy tasty treats from the event food trucks.
  • Enter the Solstice Raffle to win HMSC museum memberships and special gifts from our museum shop.

Join us for this festive community evening! In case of rain, the event will move inside the museums.

Free event parking will be available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Please note that Divinity Avenue will be closed to traffic during the event.

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture are an 8-minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line station.


Time: 5:00–7:30 pm

Location: 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Activities are appropriate for all ages. In case of rain, activities will take place indoors (check printed schedules at museums for final locations).

Flower Crowns
Design your own summer crown with seasonal flowers, garden greens, and ribbons (while supplies last).

Meet the Egyptian Hippo Goddess
Use augmented reality to “take” an Egyptian goddess out of the case and expand her into a statue you can walk around.
Fire Jumping
Some cultures mark the start of a new solar cycle by crossing over cleansing fire. Take part in this tradition by jumping over the museums’ “bonfire” and earn a flame tattoo.

Stay tuned for the final performance schedule and list of food trucks!