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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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Excellent, unbelievable glass flowers

The glass flowers are amazing. The detail is so fine, not only of flowers, leaves, branches, petals, stamens and more, but also they have glass cross sections, enlargements and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The glass flowers are amazing. The detail is so fine, not only of flowers, leaves, branches, petals, stamens and more, but also they have glass cross sections, enlargements and insect interactions. They are all enclosed in glass cases but they are easy to see the detail and what detail there is. When you realise they were made over the period... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Some of the stuffed animals are not particularly inspiring but the GLASS FLOWERS and GLASS Sea Creatures are a must see and worth the entrance alone.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum located on the Harvard campus has great exhibitions and is very affordable, could spend most of a day in there.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a free morning while at a conference and decided to spend it here. Excellent choice as the museum is packed with everything from the famous glass flowers, which are really something to be seen, to taxidermy of animals from around the globe. Also awesome that a ticket includes access to the Peabody Museum as well.

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Winchester, Ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is designed to help students at Harvard and because of this the visitor learns a great deal. Young children especially love the dinosaurs and the birds, but our children enjoyed looking at the many stuffed animals in their glass cages. There is also a room full of amazing minerals and another of life size glass flowers that are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The glass flowers are unbelievable. Literally unbelievable. But there's much more. The mineral collection is beautiful. There are dinosaurs and beetles. There are fossils. Yet it remains a human-scale museum. A lovely and informative place to spend a couple of hours...

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live locally so we are frequent visitors. This spring I chaperoned the school field trip and had a good time seeing the museum from multiple kids' eyes. Each room is chock full of interesting things to see - real whale skeletons, taxidermy platypus, four kinds of pangolins, a geode big enough to sit inside, pteranodon skeleton for those who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would consider this museum to be an essential destination when in Boston. Whether museums are your thing, or not, you will be interested in their exhibits. They feature hundreds of real natural history artifacts. I was particularly impressed with the geological and zoological exhibits. Fascinating stuff. More than just rocks and bones!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited primarily to see glass flowers and invertebrates. Amazing that these specimens are made from glass. The geology section is also interesting with a comprehensive collection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The first visit to the Glass Flowers in 2002 was accidental. The glass flowers were simply mind boggling and the stories behind them were so fascinating that my wife had to drag me away from them. The second visit a few years later was planned but the displays were showing signs of damage. According to one of the guides, the... More 

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