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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%
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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I worked in a museum for 3.5 years and am currently a high school biology teacher. I was very impressed with this museum overall. Honestly, the interpretation here was better than it was at several Smithsonians, in my opinion. All the specimens were named and...More

Thank Brittany L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Too many highlights to name them all, but here we go: *Glass Flowers *Mineral collection *Great mammal room - whales Plus the adjoining Peabody Museum had a terrific special display featuring Chicago world’s fair of 1893 (aka World’s Columbian Exposition) Located on campus in Cambridge,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our time at this museum more than we first though that we would. We found the animal and mineral rooms to be very interesting. The glass flowers were impressive, but we didn’t find them as engaging to look at as some of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to see the glass exhibition, but I enjoyed all the exhibitions very much. Small museum, lovely time

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a destination for us, the glass flower and sea creatures are truly masterful pieces. To be able to reproduce natural flora in glass, for teaching purposes, is amazing. The Blaschka's produced these replicas in varying degrees of magnification. Amazing. Parking is not near...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Checked out this beautiful gem of a museum early on a Sunday morning. We had the fortune of wandering through the museum by ourselves for the first hour. The anthropological displays are fantastic. Fascinating history of North and Central America. The absolute must see is...More

Thank Melinda A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My main interest was the Peabody Museum, but since I got to visit this museum for free, and was pleasantly surprised. There were the usual stuff ( fossils etc) which was good but not great, but what set this museum apart was the collection of...More

Thank ECWorld
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is just as good as the big NY Museum of Natural History so well worth a visit. Lots to see and many unique items.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great couple of hours spent on a hot summer day. The variety of examples are well labeled and there was plenty of room to walk around as it was not too crowded.

Thank TravelnotWar
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

3 stars because I’ve seen some of the United States most amazing Natural History museums...Smithsonian, Denver, Royal Museum if Natural History in BC...but If you have a couple of hours in Cambridge, don’t miss this, great geology area and beautiful glass botanical display.

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tltallen
14 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
10 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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