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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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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

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 traditional museum with some amazing collections

I love museums and this place is great! I like the traditional feel. I especially loved some awesome photography and the bizarre glass invertebrates and plants. These life like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alan B
Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love museums and this place is great! I like the traditional feel. I especially loved some awesome photography and the bizarre glass invertebrates and plants. These life like glass objects show unbelievable detail that I never would have imagined possible with glass. If you have seen them, do it!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a weekday. Lots of school groups, but possibe to avoid them - especially if you come a little later in the day. The exhibits are phenomenal! The glass flowers and the insect collections were amazing.

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Walpole, MA
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love taking our 6-year-old here - there are so many different things to see! All kinds of artifacts - birds, mammals, dinosaurs, insects, rocks and minerals, the list just goes on and on. You could spend your whole visit in just a section or 2 if you wanted to take your time or you can do the whole museum... More 

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this museum over a decade ago, as a student. Enjoyed it then, a lot to learn, and a quite place to linger and reflect. I made a visit recently to show my 7 year old the glass flower exhibit. Was pleasantly surprised by the renovation. Still interesting after all these years.

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Knoxville, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been told I had to see the Glass Flower Collection at this museum--a diverse and large assortment of models by the Dresden family Blaschka--and little had I expected what good advice this was. The glass flowers were incredible in many ways, not least of which: they look SO real; they are plants I know; they are plants I... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The glass flower exhibition was very pretty and interesting. I particularly love the animal collection with the large dinosaur, whales, and the beautiful wolf or European squirrel. It was fun to look at funny animals and taking pictures of them. Take note that the Peabody museum visit is included in the price of the ticket.

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is small but has its charm. I started the visit in the Earth part, where there are all type in f stones and the evolution history of the earth. It was very nice and with many different variety of stones and gems. For the lovers of stones, it worth it. And children get crazy in the stuffed animals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This old museum is filled with wonders of natural history. The star attraction is the room of glass flowers. Trust me when I say these are a wonder of the modern world. The mineral collection here is fantastic. This museum is rarely crowded so you can take your time and gaze upon it all. A perfect place to spend a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an excellent museum of several galleries of real stuffed animals, a huge rock & mineral collection, and an amazing display of glass flowers,

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Saratoga, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For a medium sized museum, world class selection. Huge whale skeletons, large dinosaur collection, world class rock and mineral selection with wondrous colors from around the world. Best of all, except when this particular exhibit is closed from November 9 for several months, are the Glass flowers: made a century ago by artisans who amazingly duplicated the finest strands and... More 

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