Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, just steps away from the historic Harvard Yard, you can witness the amazing artistry of the celebrated Blaschka glass flowers & sea creature collections, roar with the Siberian tiger, buzz with honeybees, find your birthstone gem, and go back in time in Romer Hall, home of the famous 42-foot Kronosaurus. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the most-visited attraction at Harvard—for its incomparable collections based on the research of scientists across the University, and its ongoing exhibitions like Climate Change, The Rockefeller Beetles, Birds of the World, Marine Life, and more. The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s mission is to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery in people of all ages.
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  • Yasjka
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Miraculous glass wonder and hidden gem
    Truly impressed and specifically excited about the glass plant collection. This is a true miracle and could as well serve next door in the Arts museum. My fear is that most people don’t have a clue what wonder they are viewing especially the enlargements. The rest of the museum certainly also merits a visit with some unique dinosaurs and other displays like on native Americans.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Sarah M
    Claremore, Oklahoma56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for the natural history buff
    A VAST collection of natural history exhibits: everything from dinosaurs to glass flowers. Relatively inexpensive, but the parking is absolutely terrible, if you can even find any. Be aware, all the exhibits are not handicap accessible.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Davigeta
    Saint Louis, Missouri1,092 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still great
    The glass flower and minerals/rocks are fascinating. The glass flower exhibit currently has information on the creation of these "specimens" and the subject of repairing broken ones. The giant ammolite specimen acquired for the geology exhibit is really nice! Underrated!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • theiting
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harvard Museum is a Gem
    Walked around campus and took a tour of the museum compliments of the GoCity Pass. Tons to see, and the time you can spend within is unlimited. Very impressive displays on every floor. We particularly enjoyed the gems/rocks exhibits having a couple of geological type engineers in the party.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Exnortherner
    Dobbs Ferry, New York982 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    My first impression when entering the building was not a positive one. Upon entering, we were faced with a steep staircase that we had to climb to buy our tickets. To get to the exhibits, which were on the third floor, required climbing an additional flight of stairs. My wife and I chose the alternate elevator option, which required that we take the stairs back down to the first floor, walk outside and around to the back of the building, and then back inside to find an elevator. However, after finally arriving on the third floor my opinion really changed. The exhibit areas were crammed full of interesting things to see. There were exhibits on glass plants, rocks & minerals and sea life. But what blew me away were the exhibits of mounted mammals from all parts of the world. Of course I would rather be looking at living animals, but standing inches away from a full sized bengal tiger or mountain gorilla is quite amazing. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Paul S
    Burnt Hills, New York6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Real Gem of a Museum
    This is a must see if you are in Cambridge or the Boston area. The "glass flowers" exhibit is one of the most unusual things I have ever seen at a museum. The mineral and rock exhibits are top-notch. Interesting for geologists as well as the lay-person.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 4, 2024
  • JSB1979
    United States185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old fashioned, but fun and educational
    This museum is very old fashioned in consisting mostly of taxidermied specimens, but nonetheless it's actually really interesting and a demonstration of the extraordinary diversity of life. There are also well-presented, if a little dated, fossil displays that clearly demonstrate evolutionary history and relationships. The geology samples are also fascinating and give you some hands-on opportunities. The glass plant displays are astonishingly lifelike and are art in their own right. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is attached to the Peobody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, which is excellent for the archeology of Mexico and good for the Indians of North America.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2024
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Bill A
Tampa, FL370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We got here when the doors opened and took our time going through everything - we probably spent 2.5 hours or more here. Your entrance fee also gets you into the Far East Museum across the street. Very interesting things to see and not as crowded as other local museums - would def. go back. Our kids - ages 9 & 7 really liked it as well.
Written July 15, 2022
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travveller95
Augusta, Maine280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
We went to see the glass flowers, which, let’s face it, start to blend together after about fifteen minutes. Or, in my case, less. They’re amazing and it was very interesting to learn the history of how they were made, but I can take only so many flowers, longitudinal and cross sections of flower parts, and plant roots. Thankfully, there is a small room of glass sea creatures, with a video, right next door and that was incredible. An amazing room full of gems and minerals, including HUGE geodes, is also on the same floor. I wandered over to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (included with admission) to see the gallery about Penobscot canoe building and got an introduction to Ethnology, which was just amazing. These museums deserve a whole afternoon and return visits. I suppose kids would like to look at the awesome stuff, which would be a good toe-in-the-water, but having the time to look, read, and reflect makes this a wonderful learning opportunity for adults.
Written March 12, 2022
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Marisa L
Boston, MA78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited before Covid and had such a great time. The museum isn't huge, but there is a lot to see. When we went there were even staff members doing demonstrations and holding some animals. Whenever the museum reopens I can't wait to go back.
Written January 5, 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I haven't been to this museum in years and was really excited to have the chance to come back here. This museum is jam-packed with just about everything from dinosaurs to rare rocks and minerals, and everything is so fascinating that it could take hours to look at everything properly. The glass sea creature exhibit was fantastic, as were the glass flowers (which were gorgeous to boot). The exhibit on Thoreau’s flowers was also nice. All of the exhibits were curated very thoroughly and clearly. There's a non-jingoistic focus on American history here that still doesn't exclude international contributions.
Written April 19, 2023
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EdwardMoses
Savannah, GA161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Loved it! There is sooooo much to see that your brain goes on overload. Never seen so much archeologic skeleton, mounted animals, glass flowers and minerals together under a roof. Was so interesting to see what all live in the world. They for instance displayed hummingbirds family… unreal! And then you can go from this museum into the Peabody museum. We just had a quick look, but were getting so tired, that we decide to knock off. Just can say that this is really its money worth
Written September 14, 2022
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Josh S
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
It was an academically oriented museum, with more of a focus on the academic and research process of Harvard and natural history than fun, engaging information. I realize it's an academic institution, and not a profit driven museum for kids, but it was a so-so museum to visit and learn things from.
It's not bad, just not to the standard of typical natural history museums I've visited. If you're really into the detailed history of Harvard research and natural history, go for it, otherwise maybe find a museum more suited to your interests.
Written September 25, 2022
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CoopsGE
Chicago127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
In trying to determine which of Harvard's fine art museums to visit, we were directed, instead to the Museum of Natural History. The extraordinary glass flower collection was a particular treat for my wife, who is an accomplished botanic illustrator. The mineral and fossil collection capped a compact and approachable tour.
Written December 6, 2022
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Exnortherner
Dobbs Ferry, NY982 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
My first impression when entering the building was not a positive one. Upon entering, we were faced with a steep staircase that we had to climb to buy our tickets. To get to the exhibits, which were on the third floor, required climbing an additional flight of stairs. My wife and I chose the alternate elevator option, which required that we take the stairs back down to the first floor, walk outside and around to the back of the building, and then back inside to find an elevator. However, after finally arriving on the third floor my opinion really changed. The exhibit areas were crammed full of interesting things to see. There were exhibits on glass plants, rocks & minerals and sea life. But what blew me away were the exhibits of mounted mammals from all parts of the world. Of course I would rather be looking at living animals, but standing inches away from a full sized bengal tiger or mountain gorilla is quite amazing. Definitely worth a visit.
Written February 12, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Yasjka
Amsterdam, The Netherlands233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
Truly impressed and specifically excited about the glass plant collection. This is a true miracle and could as well serve next door in the Arts museum. My fear is that most people don’t have a clue what wonder they are viewing especially the enlargements. The rest of the museum certainly also merits a visit with some unique dinosaurs and other displays like on native Americans.
Written June 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Davigeta
Saint Louis, MO1,092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The glass flower and minerals/rocks are fascinating. The glass flower exhibit currently has information on the creation of these "specimens" and the subject of repairing broken ones. The giant ammolite specimen acquired for the geology exhibit is really nice! Underrated!
Written September 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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