Harry Potter Month at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Celebrate the world of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter in a scavenger hunt in the museum galleries.

"The Harvard Museum of Natural History invites muggles, witches and wizards of all ages to embark on the Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt and uncover the science behind the magic," says a museum spokeswoman. "Pick up your HMNH ‘Marauder's Map,' journey through the museum galleries to explore thousands of real specimens from wolves to wolfsbane, and test the depth of your knowledge about Harry's world."

"Don your Harry Potter gear," says the museum, "and come as a favorite character or creature from the Harry Potter books, or dress up as your animal patronus and come to the museum to bone up for your Hogwarts exams. Visit the Magical Creatures station to see and touch fascinating bones, skin and claws that have been the inspiration for mythological animals. Stop by the cauldron at the Potter's Potions table to learn about the plant and animal 'ingredients' in Hogwarts potions and assemble a potion of your own.

"Explore Wizardly Wands to examine specimens of the trees that inspired wands from your favorite characters. Don't miss Life's Secrets where you can uncover scientific secrets about the animals, plants and minerals sought out in the quest for eternal life."


  • Event Category Movies, Other Museums, Indoor Fun, Science and Nature Museums
  • Event Cost Free
    Free with museum admission.
  • Event Ages 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12+

Event Location

Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 495-3045