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Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
617 495 3045
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #4 of 47 attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is the public museum of Harvard's three research museums. More than 12,000 of the 21 million specimens are on display, including the renowned... more » Owner description: This is the public museum of Harvard's three research museums. More than 12,000 of the 21 million specimens are on display, including the renowned collection of 3,000 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants used to teach botany to students in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Family favorites include the dinosaurs and other prehistoric mammals as well as more than 500 current day mammals, including skeletons of a rhino, hippo, giraffe and three whales. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We went here at friends' advice to see the glass flowers, and they did not disappoint. The craftsmanship is astonishing, and despite the informative labels, I still can't quite see how they were formed so precisely and beautifully. We continued on through the taxidermy etc. to the Peabody Museum which was fascinating. I especially enjoyed the reconstructions of ancient murals.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Nice museum, varied collection of stuffed animals, skeletons, minerals etc. Mainly geared towards children, but still interesting for adults.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

we just liked it. how can i type 100 words? how can you have that limitation? we loved the huge whale, i think it was, going all across the whole big room.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is very diverse in exhibits, The bug collection is amazing, as well has the various new exhibits. The Gem collection will keep you busy and don't miss the Glass flower exhibit. This museum is attached the the Peabody Museum which gives you detailed exhibits on Mesoamerican artifacts, Native American, and many Native Island peoples... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

An excellent natural history museum. The Kronosaurus skeleton is awesome. It links up with the Hall of the North American Indian too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This museum is a throwback to yesteryear. The taxidermy is ancient and the pelts a bit tatty BUT The setting and variety are right out of a movie set that called for "dusty academic museum". The hummingbird collection is stunning as are the big game animals. A highlight exhibit is a huge collection of glass flowers from the late 19th... More

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This was my second trip to this museum ( the term does not do it justice.) Went on a class trip when I was ten. The glass flowers are even more startlingly intricate and interesting. They impressed me at ten and blew me away at 68. One wants to stop and listen to every commentary, read every explanation, eavesdrop on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a great space where you can spend a lot of time. The large mammal skeletons are perhaps my favorite. In the geology section then are meteorites that you can actually touch. Currently there is a photo exhibit showing how Thoreau may have first experienced the state of Maine as he traveled up river to Mt. Katahdin- it's beautiful.... More

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Queensbury, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

If you've been to a few of the BIG and FAMOUS modern museums you've experienced a visit that is about 30% education and 70% entertainment. I'm the first to admit that entertainment can educate but there comes a point when it can overtake the learning experience. I am reminded of a visit to the American Museum of Natural History in... More

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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

So much to see at this museum! Meteorites, mammals, flowers etc..! You will not be disappointed taking the trip up to Cambridge (if you are staying in Boston) to go to this museum! Plus it's really awesome to see Harvard, too - which it's right on it's campus!

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