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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
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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A great trip to the MUSEUM!

The HMOFNH is amazing, each floor has something different. I very much enjoyed the Glass Flower Exhibit, as it is amazing. the entire museum is amazing and if you wanted to go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The HMOFNH is amazing, each floor has something different. I very much enjoyed the Glass Flower Exhibit, as it is amazing. the entire museum is amazing and if you wanted to go through the entire museum it would indeed take you all day.

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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Botanical glass reproductions were a one of a kind. Very interesting. Museum is small but was interesting to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Who would have known that this amazing museum was tucked away on the 3rd floor of this building? Room after room... it just kept getting better. The mammal room... the flower room... all incredible. I highly recommend taking your kids to this museum. It was just my friend and I but we still enjoyed it.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I thought this was a really cool add-on to our visit to Harvard. I loved the room with the rocks, the bones and the animals. The glass flowers were intricate and neat to see. It was worth spending an hour or so looking around. It is a relatively small museum.

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

While it has a little bit of everything, the stand out here is the geology collection. It is a rather large room filled with an amazing assortment of gems, mineral, meteorites, etc. My favorites were the meteorites and the geologic timeline, which has a rock sample estimated at over 4 billion years old. The glass flowers are amazing as well,... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

It is worth the trip to Harvard just to see the university and the beautiful city of Cambridge. The museum costs $12 and while I'm glad we did it, we wouldn't do it again. If you are a botanist, you'll love the glass flowers exhibit. If you're a geologist, you'll love the rocks and minerals. Beyond that, the other exhibits... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Free admission Sunday AM! All natural history museums are a little creepy but braving the stuffed animals for the Kronosaurus and the Glass Flowers are worth it. In a pretty area of Harvard Square.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My 4th grade son was studying different types of rocks in school. This place was a great family field trip - loads of gorgeous rocks, semi precious, labeled with information. Also, excellent display of animals including a whale suspended from the ceiling!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

If you're past your early teens and have some background in science, you'll probably find most science museums gimmicky or patronising. Even the Museum of Natural History in New York was a bit of a letdown for me for that reason. The Harvard Museum of Natural History, conversely, does not pander. It's been a while since I've felt amazed in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

It's hard to beat a free museum. Especially one with animals. While you'll want to save the glass flowers for the older kids, the rest of the museum is fair game. There hundreds of animals to look at, and you should be able to find something for everyone, from beautiful insects to large mammals. Don't miss the birds on the... More 

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Address: Address: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 495 3045
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge

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