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Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
+1 617-495-3045
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More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of Harvard's renowned collection of Blaschka '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 Microbial Life, New England Forests, Sea Creatures in Glass, and Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The whole museum was fascinating. However, the glass horticultural exhibit was breathtaking. Amazing fine detail. I would like to know how the pieces were able to survive the trip from Europe intact. Beautiful.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Superb collection and display of nearly any artifact you could imagine. Nine year old could have spent weeks here...me too! Elevator if you cannot do stairs makes halls accessible to all. Be sure to buy entry to connected Peabody Museum as well.

Thank Lois B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this museum. There’s so much to see. Lots to interest all ages. Don’t miss the glass flowers or rock collections. Lots of taxidermy mammals & birds. Whale bones etc. takes a couple of hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Imagine seeing stones those are a couple of million year old !! sound exciting ? now imagine a complete time travel through numerous types of stones from across the world in a timelined detail. Now add hundreds of variety of glass flower collected from various...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing. The selection is great and the kids (and adults) will have a great educational experience.

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Overall this was a pleasant experience but I felt that there was not a great deal to be seen as I wandered from room to room. Yes there are a lot of exhibits but they were presented in a fairy bland way, perhaps an audio...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is huge and you need to have passion, perseverance and energy to explore the fullest. we liked many portions including the ancient history, mummies, egyptian part. The most educating was their quartz section having many stones, their origin and science behind it. It takes...More

Thank Ashurastogi
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museumgoer88, Public Relations Manager at Harvard Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So pleased you enjoyed visiting the natural history, as well as the adjacent Harvard Peabody and Harvard Semitic Museums. Did you get into the dozen galleries of animals, dinosaurs, Marine Life, the Glass Flowers, New England Forests, all on the other side of the natural...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I must confess that the subject matter in the museum is not of great interest to me. However, this said, if you are interested in American history, botany, geology or weaponry, this is the museum for you. There are many artefacts, plants, rock samples and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a visit to our grandson in Boston, my wife,grandson and myself visited the Harvard museum of natural history. It is packed with four floors of extremely interesting items from minerals from around the world to North American fish,mammals etc. It will stimulate your awareness...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well curated. Interesting content and well documented. A good visit and not an overly overwhelming museum. Gives you the opportunity to enjoy it!

Thank Elfilibusterismo
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tltallen
13 January 2017|
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Response from museumgoer88 | Property representative |
Go to the museum's website under Plan your visit for info on reserving parking next door in the underground garage-- but it's still cc 200 yards away from our historic, but accessible building. Coming in a wheelchair... More
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Afsana A
29 November 2016|
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Response from museumgoer88 | Property representative |
They have a coat space, but it's not attended, or locked. Many visitors spend just a couple hours to wander through just the Harvard Museum of Natural History, but the Peabody Museum is included in your same ticket, and so... More
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Kelly S
9 August 2015|
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Response from Bruno R | Reviewed this property |
That depends on whether you just want to enjoy the looks of the flowers or whether you are actually interested in the plants and their descriptions. If the former, I would say 15 minutes are enough; otherwise, an hour or... More
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