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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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Strasbourg, France
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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322 attraction reviews
411 helpful votes 411 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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8 reviews 8 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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Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The Peabody Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums of anthropological material, and is particularly strong in New World ethnography and archaeology. The museum is full of national and international historical indigenous artifacts and information. Strongest in the cultures of North, Central and South America and the Pacific Islands. The Peabody is also caretaker to important collections from... More

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Leawood
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you are already at the Harvard Museum of Natural History you might want to also visit the Peabody Museum. Wonderful exhibits on the American Indians, the Latin American Indians and the Pacific Island people. Great diaromas of how they lived plus textiles, masks and much, much more.

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Boston
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is considered one of the Western Hemisphere's best museums of culture and archeology and I can see why. Disagree that this is a small museum. I thought it was large with several floors of exhibits. Tons to see on each floor. Displays were informative and well put together. Very high quality. Excellent educational displays. Some very interesting objects from... More

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Newton, Massachusetts, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This appears to be a new addition to the old Peabody Museum at Harvard. It has a number of fascinating exhibits about First Nation civilizations in both hemispheres. It also has a very interesting exhibit about the excavations in Harvard Yard highlighting the "Indian College" established at Harvard ca. 1655. There are a number of audio/visual presentations about the exhibits.... More

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Saipan/Bahamas
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122 reviews 122 reviews
22 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I remember this museum back a few decades. At that time, it was like most museums cases and cases of artifacts. You could browse and browse. Mind you there wasn't much in the way of descriptive material to shed light on the subjects. Well, that has changed in the Peabody and I think to its detriment. Much of the space... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I've been to this museum on different occasion and with different people, but it seems like everyone can find something they are interested in. If they offer guided tours - it's really worth it. Kids love it too.

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