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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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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...more
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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My department had a holiday party there. Once we were done socializing and eating, we wandered through the different exhibitions. It is not a huge museum (somewhat a good thing), but each section has a rich inventory. It is also very well organized and displayed....More

Thank Cedric H
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all this little museum is on Harvard's beautiful campus, and the exhibits a very nice. Don't miss the glass flowers and the birds. Only issue was handicap accessibility was limited.

Thank Fred W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a wet morning and had a really great experience. Small museum. Fascinating display of replica glass flowers, enjoyed the dinosaurs and had a one to one with a shark expert who told us about and showed us shark teeth. History of the...More

Thank Leslie Nicholas... R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum was free the day we were there. Spent several hours exploring their exhibits. Not a huge museum but a good way to spend a rainy afternoon or as a side stop while touring Harvard.

Thank jprovenz2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

came here on free museum day, it's ok. a bit boring and not all that much stuff to see.. a lot of cool rocks though.

Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great display - This place reminded me the museum of natural history in new york. Lots to see here, well laid out. Expected to spend 2-3 hours to see everything. Then stroll around campus when your done.

Thank nightstick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ticket was included as part of my tour of Harvard so I wouldn't have gone in if it wasn't already paid for. I must admit I was impressed and particularly taken with the geodes displayed, beating the British Natural History Museums collection hands down....More

Thank Nicky T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looking for something to do for just 2-3 hours? Look no further than the Harvard Museum of Natural History! Such a gem in a bustling city!

Thank Claire1955
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We specifically wanted to see the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants and Flowers and we were not disappointed. The online pictures and videos of this unique display cannot do justice to seeing it in person. However, seeing it in person still leaves...More

Thank DiscerningTravelGal
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Considering the size of the museum I am very impressed by the quantity & quality of contents in there. Glass gallery rocks!! It is unique and fascinating!

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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
29 November 2016|
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
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