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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Address: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
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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Amazing Glass Flowers

We had visited the natural history museum years ago. Major renovations make tgis an incredible museum. You must come to see the glass flowers. Botanical studies of flowers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had visited the natural history museum years ago. Major renovations make tgis an incredible museum. You must come to see the glass flowers. Botanical studies of flowers, pistals, stamen, ovaries. Detailed descriptions show how the flowers release their pollen to bees. It is hard to believe that even the leaves and stems are made of glass. Additional galleries of... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is once of the best natural history museums around. Harvard is so much more than just the yahd. This museum houses some wonderful specimens ranging from skeletal colossuses to geological wonders. If you have any interest in natural history, do not pass this one up!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are visiting Boston/Cambridge and have a limited amount of time, I would suggest prioritizing the Museum of Science which has a more contemporary and family-friendly vibe. It's not that the Harvard Museum of Natural History is bad, it's just that there are better attractions nearby.

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Harvard Natural History Museum and Peabody Museum of Anthopology/Ethnography is just plain terrific! A super shout-out to the collection of glass flowers and plants -- I have never seen anything so incredible as these amazingly life-like reproductions made entirely of GLASS! Not only are they stunningly detailed but they are a true testament to the artistry and skill of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the glass botanical exhibit. Very interesting.The mineral rooms was great so many samples to see as well as meteors.The old mounted animals were great you could stand really close to them and realize their size.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really great museum. On par with Smithsonian. A fabulous fossil and an extensive exhibit of mammals from around the world. Additionally while I was there it was a special exhibition of glass flower and plant models. Oh yes and I forgot the Peabody archaeological museum is right next door, what a bonus!

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up down the street from Harvard University and went on a fifth grade field trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History as well as the adjoining Peabody Museum. Both are wonderful, hidden gems in Cambridge and are full of incredible items and information. They have been modernized since I was a child, but you can still come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the visit! Much easier than there big museums such as in NYC and so on. Kids were totally into it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well organized museum, with exhibits arranged systematically. The museum is manageable in a morning or a day.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The glass flower exhibit was lovely. Great craftsmanship. While walking thru the exhibit there was no one available to ask questions. Some of the exhibits were very dusty. They are handicapped accessible. We managed to see everything in under two hours. It was average museum and not worth a second trip.

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