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Peabody Museum

Address: Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-496-1027
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Ranked #14 of 42 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Toronto, Canada
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114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
67 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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156 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 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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