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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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Great place for all ages!

A favorite place for me and my grandson, especially in nasty weather! We have been going since he was only one year old. At age six he still loves it and so do I

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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La Jolla, California
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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A favorite place for me and my grandson, especially in nasty weather! We have been going since he was only one year old. At age six he still loves it and so do I

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North Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This was my first visit to this museum, and I came mainly to see the famous glass flowers. They are indeed unique and impressive, though more admirable for the craftsmanship than for the beauty of the plants copied faithfully from nature. Also, it is one thing to admire the collection and another to look at every item, which soon gets... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderful museum.....dinosaurs/mammals/rocks.....even a live bee exhibit. Don't miss the glass flowers! Perfect for adults and children. A true gem!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

filled with history, the magnificent glass flowers, fascinating gem collection, zoological collections, dinosaur bones, and more an amazing magic spot.. a must see for young and old

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Launceston, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Not the biggest of museums but what is there is excellent and very interesting. The glass plant collection is beyond belief. Highly recommended.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

You know, it's an institution. It's overheated like any good old dorm, and there's dust-a-plenty...but, there important and interesting stuff there. Coelacanth. Bam. Go, bring your kids, enjoy glass flowers.

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Boston
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This museum is a bit of a throwback, but in an utterly charming and delightful way. Think of your Great Uncle, the explorer, and what his vast attic might contain. Every time I visit, I get the urge to write a short story set among the collections. The scale of the collections is much more accessible than some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

There is so much to see you can't absorb it all in a day! Chose your areas of interest to study those and skim the others. A great place to spend a rainy day. Children love this museum.

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Saint Hyacinthe, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Walking around in that place made me feel like we we're in an other century. I felt like a member of the Death Poet Society. I enjoyed a lot the beautiful rocks and minerals collection. I saw many of them for the first time, plenty looks like art sculpture. Even if there was a great amout of visitors, the place... More 

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Mount Albert
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

As a last minute thought, we decided to check this place out on our final day prior to departing Boston. We are so glad we went - what an amazing place! The museum is like a buffet of attractions with something served up to satisfy every interest. Be it dinosaurs, precious stones, indigenous people or finely crafted glass plants, this... More 

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