Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History
4.5
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
About
At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, just steps away from the historic Harvard Yard, you can witness the amazing artistry of the celebrated Blaschka glass flowers & sea creature collections, roar with the Siberian tiger, buzz with honeybees, find your birthstone gem, and go back in time in Romer Hall, home of the famous 42-foot Kronosaurus. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the most-visited attraction at Harvard—for its incomparable collections based on the research of scientists across the University, and its ongoing exhibitions like Climate Change, The Rockefeller Beetles, Birds of the World, Marine Life, and more. The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s mission is to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery in people of all ages.
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  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, Connecticut2,143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and informative
    I haven't been to this museum in years and was really excited to have the chance to come back here. This museum is jam-packed with just about everything from dinosaurs to rare rocks and minerals, and everything is so fascinating that it could take hours to look at everything properly. The glass sea creature exhibit was fantastic, as were the glass flowers (which were gorgeous to boot). The exhibit on Thoreau’s flowers was also nice. All of the exhibits were curated very thoroughly and clearly. There's a non-jingoistic focus on American history here that still doesn't exclude international contributions.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Yasjka
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Miraculous glass wonder and hidden gem
    Truly impressed and specifically excited about the glass plant collection. This is a true miracle and could as well serve next door in the Arts museum. My fear is that most people don’t have a clue what wonder they are viewing especially the enlargements. The rest of the museum certainly also merits a visit with some unique dinosaurs and other displays like on native Americans.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Sarah M
    Claremore, Oklahoma56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for the natural history buff
    A VAST collection of natural history exhibits: everything from dinosaurs to glass flowers. Relatively inexpensive, but the parking is absolutely terrible, if you can even find any. Be aware, all the exhibits are not handicap accessible.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Davigeta
    Saint Louis, Missouri1,092 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still great
    The glass flower and minerals/rocks are fascinating. The glass flower exhibit currently has information on the creation of these "specimens" and the subject of repairing broken ones. The giant ammolite specimen acquired for the geology exhibit is really nice! Underrated!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • theiting
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harvard Museum is a Gem
    Walked around campus and took a tour of the museum compliments of the GoCity Pass. Tons to see, and the time you can spend within is unlimited. Very impressive displays on every floor. We particularly enjoyed the gems/rocks exhibits having a couple of geological type engineers in the party.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Exnortherner
    Dobbs Ferry, New York982 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    My first impression when entering the building was not a positive one. Upon entering, we were faced with a steep staircase that we had to climb to buy our tickets. To get to the exhibits, which were on the third floor, required climbing an additional flight of stairs. My wife and I chose the alternate elevator option, which required that we take the stairs back down to the first floor, walk outside and around to the back of the building, and then back inside to find an elevator. However, after finally arriving on the third floor my opinion really changed. The exhibit areas were crammed full of interesting things to see. There were exhibits on glass plants, rocks & minerals and sea life. But what blew me away were the exhibits of mounted mammals from all parts of the world. Of course I would rather be looking at living animals, but standing inches away from a full sized bengal tiger or mountain gorilla is quite amazing. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Paul S
    Burnt Hills, New York6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Real Gem of a Museum
    This is a must see if you are in Cambridge or the Boston area. The "glass flowers" exhibit is one of the most unusual things I have ever seen at a museum. The mineral and rock exhibits are top-notch. Interesting for geologists as well as the lay-person.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 March 2024
  • JSB1979
    United States185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old fashioned, but fun and educational
    This museum is very old fashioned in consisting mostly of taxidermied specimens, but nonetheless it's actually really interesting and a demonstration of the extraordinary diversity of life. There are also well-presented, if a little dated, fossil displays that clearly demonstrate evolutionary history and relationships. The geology samples are also fascinating and give you some hands-on opportunities. The glass plant displays are astonishingly lifelike and are art in their own right. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is attached to the Peobody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, which is excellent for the archeology of Mexico and good for the Indians of North America.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 March 2024
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JSB1979
United States185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This museum is very old fashioned in consisting mostly of taxidermied specimens, but nonetheless it's actually really interesting and a demonstration of the extraordinary diversity of life. There are also well-presented, if a little dated, fossil displays that clearly demonstrate evolutionary history and relationships. The geology samples are also fascinating and give you some hands-on opportunities. The glass plant displays are astonishingly lifelike and are art in their own right.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is attached to the Peobody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, which is excellent for the archeology of Mexico and good for the Indians of North America.
Written 10 March 2024
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Paul S
Burnt Hills, NY6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a must see if you are in Cambridge or the Boston area.
The "glass flowers" exhibit is one of the most unusual things I have ever seen at a museum.
The mineral and rock exhibits are top-notch. Interesting for geologists as well as the lay-person.
Written 4 March 2024
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Exnortherner
Dobbs Ferry, NY982 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
My first impression when entering the building was not a positive one. Upon entering, we were faced with a steep staircase that we had to climb to buy our tickets. To get to the exhibits, which were on the third floor, required climbing an additional flight of stairs. My wife and I chose the alternate elevator option, which required that we take the stairs back down to the first floor, walk outside and around to the back of the building, and then back inside to find an elevator. However, after finally arriving on the third floor my opinion really changed. The exhibit areas were crammed full of interesting things to see. There were exhibits on glass plants, rocks & minerals and sea life. But what blew me away were the exhibits of mounted mammals from all parts of the world. Of course I would rather be looking at living animals, but standing inches away from a full sized bengal tiger or mountain gorilla is quite amazing. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 12 February 2024
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Coffeewow
Columbia, MD68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great collection of taxidermied animals, especially the birds. The rock/mineral collection was also very impressive.
Written 30 December 2023
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theiting
Midland, Texas49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Walked around campus and took a tour of the museum compliments of the GoCity Pass. Tons to see, and the time you can spend within is unlimited. Very impressive displays on every floor. We particularly enjoyed the gems/rocks exhibits having a couple of geological type engineers in the party.
Written 31 October 2023
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Kathy D
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Odorous stuffy air made the visit very uncomfortable. It includes many preserved and taxidermy animals. Be sure to wear a face mask. Reminds me of a museum designed in 1900. Harvard should be ashamed to charge an entrance fee.
Written 7 October 2023
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Davigeta
Saint Louis, MO1,092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The glass flower and minerals/rocks are fascinating. The glass flower exhibit currently has information on the creation of these "specimens" and the subject of repairing broken ones. The giant ammolite specimen acquired for the geology exhibit is really nice! Underrated!
Written 13 September 2023
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Sarah M
Claremore, OK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
A VAST collection of natural history exhibits: everything from dinosaurs to glass flowers. Relatively inexpensive, but the parking is absolutely terrible, if you can even find any. Be aware, all the exhibits are not handicap accessible.
Written 24 June 2023
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Lore
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Not the best museum. I think it's a good stop if you're just in the Boston area, but nothing to go out of the way for. A lot of the figure and points of interests didn't really have any information. When they did, it was on a clear plastic sticker, which wasn't always easy to see, find, or read. I think it's more suited as a little area of interest within Harvard, but not as it's own museum. If you have a student ID there's a discount, which is good. It's not worth a full adult price ticket. However, it does give you access to the Peabody museum attached, so maybe that's how the prices balance out. Not worth it, but not as bad if you do both museums.
Written 16 June 2023
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Yasjka
Amsterdam, The Netherlands233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
Truly impressed and specifically excited about the glass plant collection. This is a true miracle and could as well serve next door in the Arts museum. My fear is that most people don’t have a clue what wonder they are viewing especially the enlargements. The rest of the museum certainly also merits a visit with some unique dinosaurs and other displays like on native Americans.
Written 13 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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