Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History
4.5
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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
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Please see our visit page for our "Know, Show, Go" Covid-19 policies: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/visit. 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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Bill A
Tampa, FL369 contributions
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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kleic
San Antonio, TX896 contributions
Like several other reviewers, I sought this place out because I was interested in the glass flowers (go to the Museum of Glass in Corning, New York if you like glass!) but discovered a whole wonderful world here. I used to visit the Natural History Museum in New York from time to time but it always felt overwhelming and overwhelmed with people. This place is just the opposite. Wander through rooms to discover everything from an up-close view of a baleen to dinosaurs I didn't even know existed to the most remarkable display of minerals I've ever seen. We went first thing on a weekday and ended up spending almost three hours just wandering. What a treasure! The gift shop is absolutely fabulous too.
Written April 20, 2022
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travveller95
Augusta, Maine280 contributions
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, MA68 contributions
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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Leonard Anderson
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One half the museum deals with natural history such as animals & fish from the earliest fossils to present day. Also a fabulous geological section with gems and geodes of all types and sizes. The other half deals with anthropology or various peoples of the world. From the American Indian tribes to the Maya and Aztec tribes of South America. The modes of living and their arts and crafts as well as models and replicas of their dwellings. An excellent choice for a family full day activity.
Written March 18, 2020
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Jean-François Tessier
Montreal, Canada564 contributions
For only 15$ US you'll see a lot.
The glass flowers exhibition is suppose to be the main attraction but it wasn't the case for us.
There's a pretty cool section about native american (they dont't talk about indians though) and now-a-days american.
There's a pretty interesting exposition about global warning with some easy explanation.
But what i liked the most was the fossils and the stuffed animals! They have a triceratop fossil and animal like a giraffe, lion, tiger !!!
When we came, you can also talk to some scientist there.
Written February 9, 2020
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Trf
13 contributions
Family
Adults and kids alike were mesmerized. The museum was beautiful and densely packed with so many things to see. The displays were amazing. Larger than life fossils suspended from the ceiling and animals and creatures of every variety. Geology and botany sections were also done really well. Had a great scavenger hunt for kids to keep them even more engaged.
Written January 29, 2020
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Sait Elibol
Izmir, Turkey210 contributions
Harvard Museum of Natural History was one of my best experience in USA. Very compact and easy to tour while including priceless glass flowers. I was there actually in April 2014 but TA has only May 19 in its visit-time!
Written July 22, 2021
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Scott
San Francisco, CA4,929 contributions
Solo
Amazing, world class museum of natural history. Old style museum with wooden cabinets. Great geology collection. Fantastic explanation and display of meteorites. Glass flowers are worth the trip all by themselves. The location of this museum makes it perfect for every reason. Smack dab in the middle of the Harvard campus.
Written June 15, 2022
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djstatick
Lakewood, WA350 contributions
Couples
They have an amazing collection of taxidermy animals, glass flowers, old dinosaur bones, day of the dead stuff, and so much more.
Written February 16, 2020
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