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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 university museum

This is a hidden gem on the Harvard University campus. Great choice for families with kids. There is an impressive collection of animals, rocks and minerals, glass flowers and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is a hidden gem on the Harvard University campus. Great choice for families with kids. There is an impressive collection of animals, rocks and minerals, glass flowers and fossils for a smaller museum. There's enough variety to keep them entertained for a few hours, and its not so large that they will be exhausted walking through it.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

the glass museum and the dinosaurs and bird displays are stunning. The glass museum is more than a 100y old and has, believe it or not, glass models of plant parts. You cannot tell that it is made of glass. I think they were commissioned by Harvard's biology dept and made by german glass-blowers. The details are so good it... More 

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Spring Branch, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I gave myself 2 hours for this museum and I wish I could have spent longer. It's much more than just another natural history museum. Since it is Harvard, I guess I should have considered that they would have the very best specimens of everything. The rock collection was jaw dropping, even if you're not into rocks. The glass flowers... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We came along to this museum after coming to Harvard for the Hahvahd tour and the museum was included in the 'Go Boston' card which meant it was 'free' entry. We enjoyed our visit and the museum was lovely and cool on a hot day and not particularly busy either. It doesnt take very long to walk around and I... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The displays didn't share a lot of information & it felt a little cramped in some of the rooms. Compared to other Natural History Museums, it wasn't special.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

What a cool place. We first visited the glass plant collection which was amazing. While plant and flora details are not really my thing, the artistry and history of this collection made it a compelling place to be. The collection of animals were not only well presented but informative to the different types and habitats. It is easy to get... More 

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I really enjoyed the glass flowers. My son loved the dinosaurs and animal exhibits. Well done natural history museum.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It is not a big museum, but amount of display and information is packed! Birds of the World, Glass Flowers and sea creatures. My kid stayed in it for hours and didn't want to leave!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

A great place to spend a few hours, this simple museum has something to keep everyone interested. From live exhibits such as bees and frogs, to taxidermied hippos, fossils, beautiful minerals and the famous glass flowers, you can find some thing new at each visit. Entry is affordable and the gift shops (adult and child) are well curated. Note that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The entrance fee was $12 and I thought it was fair. The museum had a great selection of different things for everyone. The glass plant selection was very cool; the gem selection was so huge and pretty; the animal exhibits were good; and the Mayan exhibit was OK. Overall, I enjoyed my visit here.

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

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