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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
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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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Mind blowing glass flowers

Went during a recent trip to Boston. The glass flower collection is nothing short of superb! The rest of the museum is well presented but could do with a few more explanations for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went during a recent trip to Boston. The glass flower collection is nothing short of superb! The rest of the museum is well presented but could do with a few more explanations for various exhibits. Liked the quirkiness and would recommend going.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The museum is in an older building with window air conditioners. Might think that Harvard could afford to renovate but that seems not to be the case. Is mostly known for the glass flowers which are incredible. Came this time to see the re-arranged exhibit of birds of the world. It was a hot day and the window AC units... More 

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Winston-Salem, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Don't miss this. The glass flowers alone are worth the visit, but plan to spend time here! I could have spent the entire afternoon wandering around and I will certainly return!!

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Canton, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

It was my last day in Boston for this trip visiting family and I needed to kill about 5 hours before heading to the airport. Since there was an exhibition of glass flowers and plants on display I thought I would check it out. If you know a Harvard student they can get you in for free. If not, it... More 

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

the museum is very nice like a lot of natural history museums. what really got me was the glass plant collection which was just impressive. worth it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great museum! There were som many interesting things to see! Amazing. I would love to go there again!

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Kinsale, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Absolutely fantastic museum to visit. You could spend a whole week viewing this great amenity in Boston.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

There is plenty of museums out there that look like glorified playgrounds or an excuse to put a food court in some old building. This one is a museum. Lots of things to explore in a setting that screams "history" and "legacy". Well, not literally screams. Has enough to have 3-year-olds entertained and some adults recalling their Latin and whatever... More 

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Cambridge, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Student rate 10$, Adult rate 12$. This place was great. We went during the week and had a slightly unruly, hyperactive, yet adorable 2 year old with us. As it wasn't crowded, he could run around a bit, and we could still get a good eye of what the museum had on display. They try for some interactive displays but... More 

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Stratford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Wasn't sure how much our sons would like this museum, but they did enjoy it. Not a lot of interactive exhibits, but lots to see. Plan on spending at least 2 hours. Bonus is you get to see the Harvard grounds at the same time.

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