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Address: Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-496-1027
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Description: From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to...
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.
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A fine museum with varied exhibits

Located behind and connected to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, these two museums makes for a complete day out. The Peabody focuses on human cultural history, which is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Located behind and connected to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, these two museums makes for a complete day out. The Peabody focuses on human cultural history, which is a nice addition to the HMNH.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

As a student, I always truly enjoyed visiting the Peabody museum. I took a few classes where I was allowed into the holding areas and could look at and hold artifacts of the ancient Egyptians and the Aztecs and Maya. The exhibits are really interesting and enjoyable to see. The most enjoyable event, which is family-friendly, is by far the... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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108 reviews 108 reviews
56 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A small museum on the HArvard campus. The permanent exhibit is good and the special exhibits are usually really interesting. I think kids would like it if you make it into an exploratory expedition. It is not a big time or money investment and is quiet spot in the midst of the busy community. Lots to learn.

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Rome
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Worth visiting for the amazing blown glass flowers and insects. Much of the rest of it is an old school stuffed animal collection. The whale skeletons are pretty cool I must admit...

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Arica, Chile
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

As a Latin American Studies student, I tend to spend a ridiculous amount of time in LatAm wings of museums. When I went, the Día de los muertos altar was phenomenal. Definitely curious about what they have for the rest of the year!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This museum houses artifacts of peoples from around the world. Each floor is dedicated to a particular groups of peoples. The American Native peoples is in the basement section and is very informative and interesting. The museum is attached on 3rd level to the Harvard History Museum and admission is inclusive.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I found nothing of special interest here. Quite ordinary museum, usual stuff, archaeology, some cloths of some Indian tribes. There are different sections for different regions. But nothing special, this museum isn't worth an extra visit.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This small ethnographic museum is just my size - I tend to saturate quickly in museums, and can never look at all the exhibits. The focus is North American native peoples. I spent a lot of time in a special exhibit based on a notebook of drawings found in a Lakota burial site after the Battle of Bull Run- beautiful... More 

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Honeoye Falls, New York
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Harvard found a father and son team of intricate glass makers and set them to recreate a vast collection of rare flowers, plants, small animals that had been collected by naturalist professors of the early 20th century. They created these flowers as museum specimens to teach people about these rare species collected around the world. You would hardly know these... More 

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Landisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This small museum has some nice pieces. There are various pieces for each section of the museum that are quite nice but the majority seem common and unremarkable. Some items have extensive information placards while others have very little. Some of these craft items, such as baskets made by Native American peoples, could at least have some information on how... More 

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