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Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
617 495 3045
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Ranked #7 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Natural History 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... more » 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. « less
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Roswell, Georgia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Like a very compact version of the famous NYC museum. Great collection spanning the animal kingdom. Impressive gemstone exhibit. My son (13) and I were thoroughly impressed and entertained. Worth the admission.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The natural history part of the museum may be on only one floor, but it was room after room of curiosities. I had wanted to go because of the glass flowers, which were amazing in their details. I continued on and on. I spent 2.5 hours and felt like I could have stayed longer. There are several preserved animals, mounts,... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This collection was crafted by father and son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, nineteenth century glass artisans. It is hard to believe these amazing specimens are glass. The detail is extraordinary and writing about it is inadequate. If you are wandering the beautiful grounds of Harvard University, do yourself a favour and visit this exhibition at the Museum of Natural History.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We went to see the glass flower collection, but stayed for hours examining the fossils and rocks and insects and other exhibits. There is one wonderful object after another to look at. Would be fun for kids, but is great for adults, too. Highly recommended!

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

glass flowers were incredibly detailed, masterpieces everyone. Glass sea creatures amusing. But surprised at depth of mineral collection beautifully displyed

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Kenmore, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My daughter and I stopped here on our visit to Boston. We loved it! The Glass Flower exhibit was absolutely stunning as well as the display of all the gems and rocks. The display of birds was quite incredible also. We didn't get a chance to see everything but we did see most of it. if you like Natural History... More

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Kyrenia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We visited this museum mainly because we had a free admission with our trolley bus ticket, well worth it, the room full of glass flowers was a wonder to behold.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We went today because MA residents get free admission on Sundays from 9AM to noon and it popped up on Boston Calendar. Not sure what their normal rates are, but I'm sure whatever they are, this place is without doubt worth the money. We went with a 4 year old and she was mesmerized by all the taxidermy and rocks.... More

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Gulf Coast Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The place is ancient, but interesting to see. Go explore! This is a one visit place to see. Once you've seen it, you've seen it. But worth the time to initially explore while in town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We entered because we had some spare time, and it was a nice surprise. The museum is not big, but it is very well organized. I think it is a good idea for families with small children on a Saturday or Sunday morning! The displays are interesting and curated in a way that keeps you focused.

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