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Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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Address: Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-496-1027
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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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Dedicated to archeology and ethnology

Mayan collections,glass flowers, an exhibit featuring sitting bull's war club, and even totem poles. The Native American collection is amazing! A Lakota war book from Little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Miller Place, New York
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Miller Place, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mayan collections,glass flowers, an exhibit featuring sitting bull's war club, and even totem poles. The Native American collection is amazing! A Lakota war book from Little Bighorn is truly incredible to look through

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Amazing collections of glass flowers and birds. The museum is a gem in Cambridge and open free to the public on Sunday mornings (as of 12/2015). Bring the kids!

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It's because of the armament collection that I didn't give it a 1/5 rating.Unless you are interested in native american and mayan art, it is not worth your time. Everybody goes to see it since the visit fee is included in the Natural history museum ticket price, but if you're in a hurry, don't bother.

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Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This was a great place to spend the morning. The exhibit on Native Americans was very good, and the Mayan and other items upstairs were interesting as well. Admission also gets you into the attached Natural History museum.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We wandered in after visiting the fantastic glass flowers exhibition, it is quite interesting, I think there is some work being done in there, maybe some improvements. But as its part of your admission to the Natural History Museum, where the flowers are (do not miss!) there is no reason not to take in the exhibitions in here.

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Thank davidandjanet65
Cranbury, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

This is a great little museum on Harvard grounds. After a stroll through Harvard you can enter through their archaeological museum which has great native american exhibits and a very interesting archaeological exhibition of the work done on Harvard. Through the archaeology done by University students as a special project they were able to put together a lot of not... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Everybody has heard of the glass flowers, and rightly so:They are amazing. But so the rest of this fusty old treasure. Not as big as the American Museum of Natural History, but much brighter and friendlier. I doubt you will be disappointed.

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Boxborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great museum to visit. Its small, so I was able to go through in about an hour. There are several sections in this museum including one on American History. Also attached to this is the museum of natural history. I think its great for adults and I enjoyed it, but I cant see smaller kids enjoying this. They would enjoy... More 

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

the museum itself is good, quite big, you have also acces to the natural history museum which is great, specially the amazing glass flower exposition

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Tallassee, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Impressive collection which is well interpreted. Wonderful exhibits. Loved the veritas in archaeology exhibit. Friendly, helpful staff. Wish I had more time. Must return.

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