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Address: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 495 3045
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: More than 12,000 specimens are on display, including the renowned...
More than 12,000 specimens are on display, including the renowned collection of 3,000 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants commissioned to teach botany to students in the early 20th century. Family favorites include the dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals as well as more than 500 current day mammals, including skeletons of a rhino, hippo, giraffe and three whales. Outstanding Earth Sciences gallery with rare minerals and meteorites. New exhibits on New England Forests, Sea Creatures in Glass, Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm.
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There is so much to see you can't absorb it all in a day! Chose your areas of interest to study those and skim the others. A great place to spend a rainy day. Children love this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see you can't absorb it all in a day! Chose your areas of interest to study those and skim the others. A great place to spend a rainy day. Children love this museum.

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Saint Hyacinthe, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Walking around in that place made me feel like we we're in an other century. I felt like a member of the Death Poet Society. I enjoyed a lot the beautiful rocks and minerals collection. I saw many of them for the first time, plenty looks like art sculpture. Even if there was a great amout of visitors, the place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

As a last minute thought, we decided to check this place out on our final day prior to departing Boston. We are so glad we went - what an amazing place! The museum is like a buffet of attractions with something served up to satisfy every interest. Be it dinosaurs, precious stones, indigenous people or finely crafted glass plants, this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The Glass Flower Exhibit was amazing! I do not know how long it is there but I could not believe all the flowers, plants, and plant parts were made by glass from a father and son in the 1800's. Amazing!

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North Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The detail in the flower, leaf and fruit specimens are incredible. Tiny details, the arrangements and also some individual enlargements are amazing. Few would appear to be glass, some have the beautiful blown glass quality. You can see how helpful these would be to study in days before inexpensive photography and widespread travel as there are examples from here and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

For a fairly small museum operated by a venerable academic institution, The Harvard Museum of Natural History has a surprisingly vast collection of fossils, taxidermy and gemstones. Don't expect the elaborate dioramas of the Field Museum Chicago, the American Museum of Natural History New York or the Museum of Natural History London. The specimens are in the main tightly packed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is a Victorian wonder. Most exhibits are still as they were originally, which gives it a lovely, lived in feel. There are modern exhibits as well, but I prefer the ones from the time when they just collected anything and everything. A must-do in Cambridge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Walked here from Back Bay undecided which Museum to visit. Pleasantly surprised to find both interconnected and one price! The Peabody was visually informative to help make sense of the history of the native population. The Totem poles were excellent and the story of the newly crafted one was interesting. The Natural History Museum was filled with interesting exhibits, loved... More 

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Washington D.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Atmospheric natural history museum with wooden cases, cool fossils, stuffed and mounted specimens, really nice rock collection, Peabody anthropological collection, nice manageable size with kids, fun gift shop

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

a highly diverse collection from across the world and spanning ages. I was most impressed with the narration in simple to understand terms

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