Earth Rocks!: A Family Festival

Harvard Museum of Natural History

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From rocks, minerals, and fossils to earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteorites, explore the dynamic history of planet Earth in a day-long family festival with hands-on activities and displays focused on geology and related sciences. Experience the museum's unique collections in a new way and talk with scientists and collectors about their work in the field and behind the scenes. Participate in activity tables throughout the museum. Test natural pigments made from the Earth. See microbes that need minerals to breathe. Make a sediment tube to mimic the formation of some rocks. Examine rocks from volcanoes, look at fossils older than dinosaurs, marvel at fluorescent minerals, and learn about collecting minerals in New England with members of the Boston Mineral Club. And, even bring in your own rock or mineral to be identified by an expert.  

Special programs include a noon time DVD screening of the award-winning documentary, Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, followed by a question-and-answer discussion with Harvard biologist and deep-sea vent expert Colleen Cavanaugh. At 2:00 pm, Harvard geologist Robert Ackert will give an illustrated talk titled, Antarctica: Tracking the World's Largest Glaciers about Harvard's research field trips to the South Pole. At 3:30 pm, Harvard undergrad Caitlin Rotman will present, Boston Rocks: How the City Was Formed - From the Ice Age to the Big Dig, an illustrated journey through Boston's glacial past and its man-made present. 

Free parking available in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) parking lot, enter from 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge.  

  • Event Category Science and Nature Museums, Indoor Fun
  • 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