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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Address: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of...

More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of Harvard's renowned collection of 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants commissioned to teach botany to students in the early 20th century. Family favorites include the dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals as well as some 500 current day mammals, including elephant, rhino, tigers, giraffe and skeletons of three whales. Outstanding Earth Sciences gallery with rare minerals, meteorites and a timeline of Earth history. New exhibits on New England Forests, Sea Creatures in Glass, and Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery.

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Glass flowers are back!

The glass flowers are back on exhibit. The gift shop always has interesting items. I appreciate the Indian exhibit in the adjoining museum - and the story of a recent... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wanted to see this museum particularly for their extensive collection of anatomically accurate glass flowers, and I found this exhibit interesting and enjoyable. I also really liked the rock room. However, a large portion of the museum is devoted to taxidermy animals from different locations. The animals were primarily arranged together in a large glass case in the center... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The glass flowers are back on exhibit. The gift shop always has interesting items. I appreciate the Indian exhibit in the adjoining museum - and the story of a recent archeological dig - it is hard to grasp the long history of Harvard.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a really cool museum with lots of animals. The birds exhibition is very cool and so is the forest.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My children enjoyed seeing all of the different exhibits. We loved the rooms with all the animals. The glass flowers were extraordinary. Entrance into this museum also includes the Peabody Archeology museum which is attached. My family tours a lot of museums and this museum is one of the best.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really, really enjoy this place.....it's a true gem....used to visit often when my children were younger..... it's really a unique place...there is so much to do and see.....a great day to spend with the family....or alone.... kids LOVE this place......There are many different sections to this museum...you could easily spend a whole day there..... glass flower replicas..... rooms and rooms... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is not only a great museum, its a classic step back in time. The building is a classic & everything is well presented. Definitely a great place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is split into many parts with two distinct sections, animals and historical objects. Both are very interesting, but I would personally visit the left side of the Museum first, the life-size animals and fishes were personally the best part of the attraction. It's fun for family, friends, and students.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of interesting and well laid out exhibits. Not as overwhelming as some museums so is perfect for a half a day. I went for the famous glass flower exhibit and was amazed at the intricacy and detail.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Is one of the most interesting museum of all the Harvard museums. The Geology Exhibitions is crazy, they have samples of meteorites and common elements you don't know how they look in nature (gold, silver, diamonds). Pretty much all the sections of this museum are great and you'll enjoy for sure. The admission to this museum will grant you access... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While it may not have the breadth and inventory of its Smithsonian and New York counterparts, this museum is a real gem. The displays are extremely well designed, and unlike the other museums mentioned, you don't have to battle huge crowds to see them.

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