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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of Harvard's renowned collection of Blaschka 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants commissioned to teach botany to students in the...more
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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
+1 617-495-3045
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The ticket was included as part of my tour of Harvard so I wouldn't have gone in if it wasn't already paid for. I must admit I was impressed and particularly taken with the geodes displayed, beating the British Natural History Museums collection hands down....More

Thank Nicky T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for something to do for just 2-3 hours? Look no further than the Harvard Museum of Natural History! Such a gem in a bustling city!

Thank Claire1955
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We specifically wanted to see the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants and Flowers and we were not disappointed. The online pictures and videos of this unique display cannot do justice to seeing it in person. However, seeing it in person still leaves...More

Thank DiscerningTravelGal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Considering the size of the museum I am very impressed by the quantity & quality of contents in there. Glass gallery rocks!! It is unique and fascinating!

Thank annjie13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a hidden gem! Hard to describe because it holds so much! Do take your children (or grandchildren) late morning. Plan on 90 min. to 2 hours maximum. Then stroll onto Harvard Square cutting through Harvard Yard for ice cream and or lunch. Or...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum was worth the visit. The glass flower exhibit was amazing. They look so real. Their creator was definitely a very talents glass blower. They also have a great mineral exhibition with very interesting items and the animal exhibit was very interesting. I will...More

Thank CLo719
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent museum with some really interesting exhibits - the Glass flowers are stunning and the Skeletons have kids in wonderment. Just the right size of Museum to spark interest and keep it. Would recommend to anyone when in Boston

Thank SkeggyItIsNot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As expected from one of the best universities in the world, the museum on campus is also world class. The glass flowers collection was especially stunning, a perfect example of blending art with science.

Thank ymilesz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Created in 1998 and located at Oxford street in Cambridge within the campus of the University, displaying samples from Herbaria, Zoology and Minerologica research Museums of Harvard. With the same admission one can also visit the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and ethnolgy . Approximately 250000...More

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museumgoer88, Public Relations Manager at Harvard Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Did you have a chance to visit? After all the renovations and new exhibitions, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, which include the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody, had more than 300,000 visitors last year!

Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Very interesting museum with amazing collection of animal displays. Was especially impressed with the botanical glass exhibit. Great for families with children and teens.

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January 13, 2017|
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Response from museumgoer88 | Property representative |
Go to the museum's website under Plan your visit for info on reserving parking next door in the underground garage-- but it's still cc 200 yards away from our historic, but accessible building. Coming in a wheelchair... More
November 28, 2016|
Response from museumgoer88 | Property representative |
They have a coat space, but it's not attended, or locked. Many visitors spend just a couple hours to wander through just the Harvard Museum of Natural History, but the Peabody Museum is included in your same ticket, and so... More
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August 9, 2015|
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Response from Bruno R | Reviewed this property |
That depends on whether you just want to enjoy the looks of the flowers or whether you are actually interested in the plants and their descriptions. If the former, I would say 15 minutes are enough; otherwise, an hour or... More