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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 2014
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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

The museum was good, loved the earth section. It was cute, but quite small and I expected more from the university. Nice for kids.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great time at the museum! Your ticket also gets you entrance into the peabody museum as well. The highlight for me was the amazing animals on display, as well as the incredible fossils. Must see!

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Mexicali, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

There is so much to learn in this museum... many of the pieces here were investigated or found by Harvard students. Kid friendly too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

First off, this museum isn't as polished as some of the other, more famous natural history museums, such as those in New York or DC. Having said that, this gem of a museum (which, incidentally, houses many gems) captures something different: the spirit of discovery from the turn of the 20th century. It is not hard to imagine Harvard academics... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Life-like glass "flowers", systematic and intricate collections of rocks and minerals and spooky "stuffed animals” aplenty: These are just some of what this humble Harvard University museum offers. We visit this museum 4-5 times a year and we learn something new with every visit. Take your time perusing and soaking in "all that knowledge” that Harvard experts laboriously catalogued, categorized... More

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This museum is a gem!!! It's jam packed with all kinds of interesting things. From the glass flowers to the great mammal hall it has something for everyone. You won't be disappointed with this museum.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My family and I finally joined hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world to come to Cambridge to take a walk on the prestigious campus and have a photo taken while rubbing John Harvard's foot. After this ritual, we visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH). Having already visited the Field Museum in Chicago and the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place barely made my "to do" list when I was planning this trip. WHAT A MISTAKE I would have made! This museum has everything you could dream of seeing. The displays are wonderful and educational. I have a 3 and 7 year old and they both did great! The hands on displays are very helpful for young children. We... More

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Jackson, MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Wonderful encounter with the whole natural world. Magical glass flowers from 1830s, then the whole span of existence from Big Bang through early earth through mammoth skeletons to Egyptian sarcophogi and Mayan alters (in the adjacent Peabody). Loved everything about it. Could go back indefinitely. Something for everybody.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This museum is not laid out well and can be confusing. It is on many floors and separate buildings, but It is worth many hours.

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