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Since 1941, the Fisher Museum has been free and open to the public, offering information on forest ecology, landscape history, and land conservation and management.

Museum Hours

Monday - Friday
9am - 4pm

Saturday - Sunday
only May 6 through Nov. 12
12pm - 4pm

Or by special arrangement
Call (978) 724-3302

The Fisher Museum is closed on Harvard University holidays (see

Recreational trails are open to the public daily, year-round.

Questions? Email or call 978-724-3302.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Fisher Museum's primary exhibit is 23 internationally acclaimed models (dioramas), the first seven of which depict 230 years of landscape change in central New England, beginning with European colonization in 1700. The remaining dioramas portray 20th-century forest management techniques and a series of conservation challenges including erosion and fire.

Additional displays now bring the story up to modern times, begin to address the harmful erasure of Indigenous people in our land narratives (this work is ongoing in partnership with the Nipmuc tribe), and include a brief overview of current Harvard Forest research.

New displays in 2022 include:

New displays in 2020 included:

  • A digital "modern diorama" constructed via high-tech LIDAR scans of Harvard Forest research sites, created by Peter Boucher in the Schaaf Lab at the University of Massachusetts--Boston.
  • Footage of the dioramas being built by the Guernsey and Pitman studio in the 1930s.

A family-friendly scavenger hunt is available to encourage viewers to take a closer look at the highly detailed dioramas.

Exhibit Resources


Maps in the Museum introduce visitors to the Forest's extensive system of trails - open 365 days a year - that provide additional opportunities for learning.


The Harvard Forest welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at in advance of your visit. Please note that accessible parking and a universal access ramp are available at the rear of the building.

Driving Directions to the Fisher Museum

Please note: No public transportation goes to the Fisher Museum.