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Harvard Museum of Natural History

Address: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 495 3045
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Ranked #5 of 42 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: More than 12,000 specimens are on display, including the renowned...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Small but great variety! I regularly go to the American Museum of Natural History in NYC and this one had things I'd never seen. Plus the glass flowers and sea creatures were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This museum is adjacent to Peabody Museum. It was much more than I expected, especially the “Glass Flowers", Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants. It has collection of over 4,000 models, created by the glass artisans, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf. The commission began in 1886, continued for five decades, and represents more than 830 plant species.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It's a great place to take the kids on a cold day. We took our two toddlers who enjoyed naming all the animals and running around looking at the huge bones. Admission is free to Mass residents on Sunday mornings from 9-12.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Took our 2 year old granddaughter who loved the skeletons of various birds and animals. We loved the crystal exhibit and the glass horticultural flower exhibit. Lots more to see, will go back next time we are in Cambridge.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I'll start my brief review by restating what is made obvious by my title, you really, really need to see the glass flower collection! I'm not an avid gardener, nor have I ever been trained in anything such as botany or the like (aside from a semi-joke horticulture course many moons ago), but the glass flowers are just something you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

The whole family loved our visit here. So many interesting things to see, and a lot for the kids to learn.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This place was so much better than expected. We purchased the CityPass to see the Aquarium, the MFA, and Museum of Science, and this was included. We trecked out to check out Harvard, walk the Harvard Yard, and then decided we'd find this place. It was a bit of a walk from the T, and wasn't clearly marked, but it... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is a classic natural history museum: skeletons of dinosaurs, rocks & gem stones, stuffed animals & birds in different habitats and special educational exhibits. Just what you would expect & want to see. However, there is also the fabulous, truly unique exhibit of glass flowers that is the high point of the museum, at least for adults. I had... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Glass Flowers exhibit is just stunning! You cannot believe that the flowers/plants are made from glass. The detailing is exquisite. The entrance fee for the museum is worth it just for the glass flowers. I'm not a fan of stuffed animals but the exhibits were impressive. Really liked the photographic exhibition about Thoreau's travels in the (local) woods. Museum... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Amazingly (though I have lived here for decades) this was the first time I have been to this museum. It is amazing - with lots to see for science minded people of every age. Having been to the MONH in New York and DC, I was still very impressed - it is a great size for a manageable afternoon visit.

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