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Rocks of the ages

Jane Pickering, new head of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, unveils a gallery of minerals and much more.

When I was 20, I spent six weeks in the mammal department of the Natural History Museum in London MEASURING STUFFED HEDGEHOGS. It wasn’t until I had that object-rich, hands-on experience that I saw how amazing museums could be. It was the behind-the-scenes experience that TURNED ME INTO A TOTAL MUSEUM FREAK. I’ve spent the rest of my life in museums.

In the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture — the MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Semitic Museum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the Herbaria — some have more of a public presence. But we can bring them together and PROVIDE A VISIBLE PUBLIC PRESENCE for all of them.

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