Mummies! Pharaohs! Ancient Treasures!


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A Secret Museum Hidden Within Harvard University

Sarcophagus at the Harvard Semetic Museum

I found the Harvard Semitic Museum by accident while walking behind the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. I saw the free admission sign and was surprised by the ancient treasures I found inside. Semitic is the word for languages and cultures of the ancient near east. You can see artifacts from the Israelite, Phoenician, Egyptian, Aramaean, Babylonian, Arab and many more cultures.

The exhibit "From the Nile to the Euphrates" contains elaborately decorated sarcophagi. There were also statues of pharaohs and Sumerian tablets with tiny writing. Enjoy the colorful clothing of Israeli desert inhabitants.

Downstairs, you'll find a replica of an entire ancient Israelite home. I love the immersive element of being able to walk inside the house and peek into all the rooms. It was interesting to see what people were eating in ancient times.

The Harvard Semitic Museum is located at 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Harvard University campus.

Open Monday–Friday, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Open Sundays, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Closed Saturdays
Admission: Free

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