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Arboretum Anniversary

In Focus

The Arnold Arboretum

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Harvard’s 281-acre living museum. Free and open every day, the Arnold Arboretum engages the public through educational opportunities and programs for all ages.
Explore 150 years of plants and people

For more than 7,000 years, the land on which the Arnold Arboretum now sits has been inhabited and used by diverse societies and cultures of Indigenous People, including most recently the Massachusett Tribe.

Learn more about this Indigenous history
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Planting the seeds

Established in 1872 when the trustees of the will of James Arnold transferred a portion of Arnold’s estate to the President and Fellows of Harvard College, the Arboretum has become one of the world’s most comprehensive and best documented collections of temperate woody plants, and a hub of research, horticulture, and education.

Learn how the Arboretum put down its roots

Taking care of the Arboretum

Dig into the work at the Arboretum

Through research, horticulture, and education, the Arnold Arboretum discovers and disseminates knowledge of the plant kingdom to foster greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Earth’s botanical diversity.

Nature’s classroom

Throughout its 150-year history, the Arboretum has inspired Harvard students as they’ve pursued their studies.

  • Harvard Divinity School

Deep-rooted connections to nature and community

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  • Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Better understanding bumblebee behavior

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  • Harvard Graduate School of Design

Opening our eyes to plant blindness

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  • Harvard Radcliffe Institute

Understanding our roots

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  • Harvard College

Truffle hunt

Two people looking at a book of truffles
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  • Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

In search of sugar secrets

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  • Harvard College

A class called “Tree”

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