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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Address: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 16174953045
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of...

More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of Harvard's renowned collection of '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 some 500 current day mammals, including elephant, rhino, tigers, giraffe and skeletons of three whales. Outstanding Earth Sciences gallery with rare minerals, meteorites and a timeline of Earth history. New exhibits on New England Forests, Sea Creatures in Glass, and Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery.

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We went there for the Blashka flowers for a few moments and ended up staying for over an hour, spending time throughout the museum. It is nice to be surrounded by Harvard Science.

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Faribault, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We went there for the Blashka flowers for a few moments and ended up staying for over an hour, spending time throughout the museum. It is nice to be surrounded by Harvard Science.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went specifically to see the glass flower exhibit, and it made the trip out to Harvard worthwhile. Actually, since Harvard is right at a subway stop, the trip is far from difficult. Harvard has been around so long that they have exhibits that most museums can only dream about. The little extra that the web sites don't tell you... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This, as well as the other Harvard museums, has such extensive collections on so many subjects that visitors of all ages should be entertained.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum offers a mix collection of mineral rocks to animal exhibits. Our son love the exotic animal exhibits such as Polar bear, large carnivores animal such as tigers, lion, cheetah, etc. The primates are look so real when viewing up close. We would go there again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this museum during our vacation in Boston. At first I wasn't into going to it but so glad I did. It's not a huge museum but there are many different types of exhibits to see. Visit the Blaschka's glass flower exhibition, you won't believe the flowers etc. are made from glass. The kids will enjoy... More 

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed touring the museum but it appears to need an update to make use of new multi-media technology. Glass Flowers are the main attraction and worth seeing.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a comparatively small museum, but still a decent size, just a few minutes walk outside of Harvard Square. You probably wouldn't happen across it, unless you are specifically out walking this neighborhood, so you kind of have to be aware that it there. Worth the trip, but give yourself 2-1/2-3 hours to see everything without rushing through your... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a unique museum with so much to offer. First there are the wonderful glass flowers that were recently renovated - the whole story of how they were created is great and they are amazing to see. There are also glass sea creatures that are wonderful. As well, there are great displays of bugs, birds and stones -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited Harvard on a trip to Boston in September 2015. As a retired Biology teacher I found this museum absolutely excellent in every aspect. It was very well designed covering all aspects of natural history from evolution right through to modern day problems involving climate change. The collection of glass flowers was fantastic and I could... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have taken so many friends to this museum - old and young - and everyone loves it. Be sure to visit the gem room, the glass flowers, and the hall of mammals.

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