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Illustration of a person smelling flowers.

What the nose knows

Experts discuss the science of smell and how scent, emotion, and memory are intertwined — and exploited

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Woman looking at space rocks in a display case

The first moon walk

Natural history museum displays the relics, examines the legacy of space exploration, moon walk

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Woman restores glass flower

A touch of rot

Conservators freshen Blaschka apples for display in Glass Flowers gallery

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The centerpiece of the new "Marine Life" exhibition — a floor-to-ceiling re-creation of life in New England’s coastal waters — will immerse visitors in the astounding diversity and dynamic interplay among animals in marine communities just off local shores. Above, Assistant Director of Exhibitions Sylvie Laborde dusts a hanging sea turtle specimen prior to opening.

Deep dive

Building on research and collections, HMNH opens permanent marine life gallery

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Taking the stairs

In an age of accessibility, we often gloss over the strange beauty of stairwells

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