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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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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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Upatoi, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Due an event sponsored by Harvard the entry fee was waived, I would have been perfectly willing to pay for entry. As I went from one room with exhibits and artifacts, my interest and curiosity increased to see the next. I left with a little more knowledge than before I entered. I recommend this as a must see if visiting... More 

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Dartmouth, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I went for a guided tour of the Glass Flowers and stayed to see more of the museum. I stayed three hours and I know I missed exhibits and gave short shrift to others. Fascinating exhibits of plants and animals, skeletons and bugs, flowers and birds nests. No trip is complete without a tour of the Glass Flowers because that... More 

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washington D.c.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the glass flower exhibit. The giant sloth, prehistoric crocodile and mastodon were also very well organized yet there was minimal accompanying info for the animal exhibits. We were a bit taken aback by the stuffed animal exhibits. The black bear was surprisingly small yet realistic. Overall it is a very nice museum, nothing overwhelming.

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Arica, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I went to the museum while killing time for a friend to get into town and was not sorry! The glass flower exhibit is absolutely phenomenal, for all sorts of people! Are you interested in art and glassblowing? Marvel at the delicacy and precision! Are you interested in plant biology? Squee over the magnified glass flower parts! Definitely could have... More 

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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I went to this museum on a Sunday, a few days after a big snowstorm, so I did find parking on the street, which I was told was unusual. If one lingers in the rock and mineral area like I did, the visit would take 2-3 hours, otherwise 1-2 hours. I started at Harvard's Peabody museum of Anthropology and Ethnography,... More 

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Orono, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I loved the display of glass flowers. It is truly amazing what a person can do with glass. The colors even after so many years are still exceptional.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The Glass Flowers could've mesmerized me for hours. They look more than real, and the detail (botanically and artistically) is amazing! Also enjoyed the Climate Change exhibit because it makes you think, and engage in conversation with others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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

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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