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Museums

Once simple cabinets of curiosity, museums have grown into institutes for preserving, studying, and displaying science, history, and art.
Today, as culture-defining institutions, they are working to incorporate more voices and reckon with past practices.

Recent discoveries

Museums aren’t just places for storing and preserving works and artifacts, they also support experts who are actively fostering new discoveries through research and scholarship.

The art of inclusion

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Art for all

“We are thrilled to implement this new comprehensive free admission policy, which will remain in place permanently,” said Martha Tedeschi, director of the Harvard Art Museums. “Taking this step represents our deep commitment to serving all audiences, enhancing our mission of teaching and research, and becoming a center where discovery, exchange, inclusion, and learning can flourish for all.”

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Expanding narratives

Experts discuss whose stories get told with exhibits, and how that can improve.

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Creating connections

Archaeology students shared their research in nearly 90 virtual classrooms to inspire a new generation.

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Increasing access

Harvard’s Peabody Museum digitized 32,000 photos of Kalahari Desert indigenous people and shared them with the featured communities.

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Diversifying exhibits

A Harvard alum is finding ways to increase the diversity of museum collections, staffing, programming, and education.

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Reimagining accessibility

“Touch tours,” utilizing touchable replicas of artifacts, allow visitors with visual impairments to experience museum exhibits.

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Moving forward to address the past