The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA is celebrating thr The Winter Solstice on December 21st from 5pm to 8pm. The museum will collaborate with the annual Harvard Christmas Revels in the celebration. Museum hours will be extended hours from 5:00-8:00 pm and the celebration will include Revels' Headgear Gallery performances, 6:00 pm
In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and a time for reflection and anticipation. After the winter solstice on December 21, the days will grow longer, and the nights shorter as winter changes to spring and summer.
More about the Headgear Gallery Performances on the Winter Solstice
The Harvard Museum of National History is featuring an exhibit called Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers. The Pinewood Morris Men will perform the traditional Abbots Bromley Horn Dance in the museum's Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers gallery at 6:00 pm.
“The horn dance is the oldest known English ritual dance and features six human 'deer' with antlers weaving in and out in a hypnotic pattern to the sound of a haunting melody,” according to information from the Harvard Museum of Natural History website press materials.
Christmas Revels Artistic Director Patrick Swanson will introduce the performance and David Coffin, a musician and featured performer in his 32nd year with Revels, will demonstrate horn-based musical instruments, according to press materials.
At about 6:30 pm participants will be invited to join the horn dancers in a procession to Sanders Theatre, All Christmas Revels ticket holders will be admitted free for Winter Solstice Night at the Museum in advance of the 7:30 pm curtain at Sanders Theatre just down Oxford Street.
Information for Harvard Revels ticket tholders
During the December 16-29 run of The Christmas Revels, ticket holders should show their Revels ticket or ticket stub for half-price admission to the museum. Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers will remain on display through December 2011.
About the Harvard Museum of Natural History
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street. The museum is about a seven to eight minute walk through Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square T station. The museum is handicapped accessible and more than 192,000 people visit each year.
Harvard Museum of Natural History hours, times, admission and location
The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except major holidays. Admission: $9.00; seniors and students $7.00; $6.00 ages 3-18; under 3 free. For more information on exhibits and events, explore the website or call 617-495-3045.
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Background information courtesy of: Harvard Natural History Museum press materials
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