Virtual Exhibit: Women of the Museum, 1860–1920: Behind-the-Scenes at the Museum of Comparative Zoology


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (All day) to Friday, December 31, 2021 (All day)


Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

For the first time in the museum’s history, women who labored in the collections, offices, and labs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology in the late 19th century are being revealed in a unique online exhibit from the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. The exhibit is curated by Reed Gochberg, Assistant Director of Studies and a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University.

Women like Elizabeth Hodges Clark, Elizabeth Bangs Bryant, and Elvira Wood persevered diligently behind-the-scenes, gaining unparalleled expertise in what were previously thought to be men’s fields. The work of women like Clark, Bryant, and Wood, among others, was essential to the development of the museum as an internationally recognized center for research, teaching, and public education, paving the way for future colleagues to enter these renowned fields and publish their own research.

View the virtual exhibition "Women of the Museum, 1860-1920: Behind-the-Scenes at the Museum of Comparative Zoology."