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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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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
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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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Loved the Glass

Ok, it's not the largest museum of natural history but I enjoyed it greatly. I had hoped to see the glass flower collection. The downside is that it was closed but the good thing... read more

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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Ok, it's not the largest museum of natural history but I enjoyed it greatly. I had hoped to see the glass flower collection. The downside is that it was closed but the good thing was the exhibit of sea creatures which I enjoyed even more. I enjoyed the mineral collection very much as well as the hall of mammals. And... More 

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Boston
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the only decent natural history museum in New England. Lots of kids! The free admission for Boston residents on Sunday morning make this a great way for locals to enjoy the museum and Harvard Square. There are also great sections on New England specific animals and plants.

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Thank EastBostonGuy
Miller Place, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum of natural history utilizes all of its space so that the museum-goer doesn't have to walk to far to see its amazing collection of meteors, rocks, animals, and glass flowers. Not overwhelming but one can certainly see a lot

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Thank danfriedmanmd
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum has a neat collection of exhibits that kids especially would appreciate. A decent rainy day activity if you have nothing else to do. But I thought it was pretty limited overall.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here because a friend who went to Harvard recommended this attraction for the glass flowers. And it wasn't disappointing! The glass flowers are very impressive and the rest of the collection was worth a stroll through. The highlights, aside from the glass flowers, were the vast mineral collection and the bones of large sea creatures. I also appreciated... More 

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new canaan ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I was 6 years old, my family took me to this museum to see the Ware Glass Flower Collection. Now I'm 75, and went back to see it again. My timing was not great - most of the collection is currently being cleaned and won't be back on display until May - but there are some exquisite plants on... More 

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Thank Elizabeth M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting museum. My 11 and 9 yr olds were completely engaged and had a wonderful time. Even taking notes! Very informative and small enough for a couple of hours of investigation.

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Thank Amarispena
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like looking at dead animals and bones, you should definitely check this place out. Birds, bugs, rocks? This is definitely for you. Even better... if you have a MA driver's license, this museum is free every Sunday as long as you're in the door by noon. If you are from out of state, probably skip this on Sundays.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really not impressed. Probably because I've been to much larger museums with more categories and more stuff in each category. As expected, went primarily to hang with friends. Better for young children and maybe a school trip with grades 1-4?

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Thank Steve S
Asuncion, Paraguay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For those science lovers, it's a great place to spend the morning, also for kinds. There's so much to see and to learn.

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