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Peabody Museum

Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-496-1027
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Ranked #15 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
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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240 reviews 240 reviews
133 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
69 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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354 attraction reviews
467 helpful votes 467 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The exhibit about the Moche civilization in Peru was our goal but we also enjoyed the exhibits of Mayan sites and the depiction of how peoples were perceived in the 16th and 17th century as sea travel put them in contact with one another.

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Cumming, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

If you are a local resident then you've probably been here many times. For those that are visiting this is a must as you can spend hours and hours discovering relics of old. The American Indian exhibits and Gem and Mineral specimens are top notch!

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