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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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Here you are build up your own theory of everything. Make sure you have enough time to visit all the floors

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Lviv
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Here you are build up your own theory of everything. Make sure you have enough time to visit all the floors

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Bethel, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The glass flower exhibit is amazing! Almost unbelievable. It would take days to see all the exhibits here. Well worth several visits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited this museum the day after Thanksgiving and were impressed with the scope -- all on one floor! From gemstones to bugs and birds, this museum kept us captivated for a couple of hours without being overwhelming. Great experience.

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Thank Betsy D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

so many interesting things to see that raise many questions about where we come from and where we are going. Not only were the animal exhibits so much fun, the glass flowers and geological exhibits beautiful, but the cultural and anthropological exhibits made me think about the world outside my own four corners. I was there while several elementary school... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum collection has an amazing array of animals and insects which were collected in the18th century. You are reminded of Darwin and several of the animals on display are now extinct. The museum is also well known for it's unique glass flowers which are unbelievably real. I have lived in the area for 30 years and just recently visited... More 

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Andover
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulously entertaining! A must for the curious and the lovers of natural beauty. Beautiful new interiors are everywhere, superb light and space to enjoy the spendors of this place.

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Portland, Oregon, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time exploring the museum, especially the newly restored glass flower exhibit. Amazing!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Often packaged in those attraction bundles, this was our top spot to check out. Taking red line out to Harvard from downtown was about 20 minutes or so, walking to the building was another 20 through the university which is nice. We liked the Muesum because of the no frills original building and the content. In particular were the stones... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss the exhibit of specially produced, anatomically accurate glass flowers. An incredible exhibit. Every single flower in the exhibit is made of glass -- yet looks unbelievably real. Made nearly 100 years ago (or longer) yet the method of their creation has been lost forever with the death of the creator and his son.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After getting off the subway we walked through the Harvard campus to this museum. A friendly student sold us our tickets and told us to go to the third floor. The first thing we did was look at the glass flowers, which were beautiful and realistic in detail. Then we went through the other rooms on the left to see... More 

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