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Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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Address: Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-496-1027
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From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to...

From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere.

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Great choice for kids

This museum is a super place for families and kids to experience the Harvard scientific scene. Young people in particular will not forget it. And most of the rest of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Andover, Massachusetts
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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not very much to see to be honest, was a very short trek through the entire thing. Lots of first nations items but I did like the weaponry and armor section from across the time lines. Didn't take very long to go through the entire thing though, 30minutes? If your into the whole first nations exhibits this is probably for... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a super place for families and kids to experience the Harvard scientific scene. Young people in particular will not forget it. And most of the rest of the university is not easily open to the public (setting aside the Harvard Art Museums, which are also amazing, etc.).

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this museum while at Harvard and was pleasantly surprised by the depth of displays. So much information and cool stuff..

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chicago, il
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited while visiting the Natural History Museum next door because admission was included. There are several interesting exhibits here but not sure I would have visited if I wasn't already visiting the Natural History Museum.

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Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I mostly wanted to go to this museum because of the patronage of the Peabody family to the sciences of anthropology, ethnology, and archaeology. They funded some groundbreaking research and helped establish these disciplines as serious sciences. What I didn't know is that this building has two museums for one admission. The museum of ethnology has a wonderful collection on... More 

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Mariposa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

As part of the Natural History museum ticket, this museum is worth a visit. Major parts include native American history.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I visited the Harvard Natural History Museum and was pleasantly surprised that my ticket also included access to the Peabody Museum. They are connected on the upper floors. The rock and gem exhibits are captivating. I also found the weaponry from ancient countries very intriguing. This museum is definitely worth the time. I would recommend putting aside 45-60 minutes to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

This is museum is a treasure! I would like to visit again! The highlights include the ocarina exhibit, a walk through ancient temples, the art of war exhibit, and the Native American exhibit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

The museum has quite a few interesting collections. My favorite is the Native American collection. It is relatively small though and you can cover it quickly in 45 minutes. Don't plan a whole afternoon around it, but make sure to add in some of the other nearby Harvard museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Go for the glass flowers, and then check out all that this incredible museum has to offer. It's a place that is totally off the radar, so it is rarely crowded.

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