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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.

See Cereus, a huge starfish shaped parachute balloon created by Otto Piene.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. A highlight of the exhibit is Cereus, a large, out of this world parachute balloon, shaped like a starfish with long moving arms.
The twin star balloons, Cereus and Paris, were a part of a sky art exhibit in 2011. Many gathered at MIT's Killian Court during its 150th anniversary to see the stars float into the night sky.