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Peabody Museum

Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-496-1027
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Ranked #17 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
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Type: Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum is among the oldest... more » Owner description: From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The PEM is an art gallery and museum in one, basically... Great American collections, with beautiful design aesthetics throughout the building... Not what I expected, from the outside! Worth the drive up from Boston!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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47 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The Peabody focuses on the indigenous cultures of the Americas. I had to pay a visit for a class, but I ended up really enjoying the thoughtful displays and text. There are artifacts, pictures, audio, video, replicas, etc. Things are generally well labeled and there’s lots of interesting information. On Sunday morning it was quiet and far from crowded, but... More

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UK
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257 reviews 257 reviews
140 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We visited here (it's 5 minutes' walk from Harvard Yard, in Divinity Avenue) specifically to see the Mayan collection, having visited many ruins in the Yucatan earlier in the year. The Peabody's Mezo-American collection seemed weak to me. Plaster casts of statues are not impressive! Their native american collection is far better.

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canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We enjoyed the exhibitions and spent three hours touring two floors of the four. The first was dedicated to showing artifacts and history of the diverse First Nations/Native Americans. We were quite impressed with the richness and accuracy of the exhibits. We spent some time at the museum of natural history as our ticket got us in there as well.... More

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Mexicali, Mexico
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The best latin america exhibit I have ever seen, very well displayed, they make you feel like you are inside some cave seeing ancient paintings!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

This is an amazing place... With a lot of exhibits and not usually over crowded.. Everything is perfectly organised and clean... Climate change to Latin America.. You can find evrything over here.. The area outside it is also good... Hire a cycle or walk and have a look around the very educational area.. But finding a parking spot is very... More

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Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

As an ethnologist, I'm rarely satisfied with the treatment of ethnologic collections in museums, but this one is pretty good. The presentation may be a little old-fashioned, but there's a fine collection of artifacts from many different cultures. There's a big area dedicated to Native American cultures that showcases their diversity and also respects their beliefs in the way they're... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is an incredible museum with consistently ultra-high standards for its exhibits. It is beautifully designed, has lots of love open light filled space to sit and relax or have a snack from its very disappointing snack bar. Do all your gift buying in its fantastic gift shop. Such a great museum & store, it's a shame the snack bar... More

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Strasbourg, France
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118 reviews 118 reviews
76 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Nice collection of anthropological artifacts from various places, Polynesia, Native Americans, etc. Not a lot of galleries are open.

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South Hadley
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I have been coming to the Peabody since I was a child growing up in Boston, and now I have the fun of bringing my own children to experience this phenomenal collection. There are exhibits to please everybody, whether the focus is local or distant, animal, mineral, sea-borne or air-borne! You can spend hours carefully browsing and reading detailed descriptions,... More

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