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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Address: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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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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The amazing collection of rocks, gems, amazing earth forms and meteorites is often overshadowed by the storied glass flowers...this museum is well worth many repeat visits and is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed March 17, 2015
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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2015

The amazing collection of rocks, gems, amazing earth forms and meteorites is often overshadowed by the storied glass flowers...this museum is well worth many repeat visits and is great for the multi-generation shared time.

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2015

This museum appeals immensely to my high school students, but why does it need to be so expensive? We needed to fill in some down time when our flights home were cancelled in February, so we decided to check out the museums in Boston. Our research determined that all of the museums in Boston are very pricey! We opted for... More 

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Upatoi, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2015

Due an event sponsored by Harvard the entry fee was waived, I would have been perfectly willing to pay for entry. As I went from one room with exhibits and artifacts, my interest and curiosity increased to see the next. I left with a little more knowledge than before I entered. I recommend this as a must see if visiting... More 

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Dartmouth, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2015

I went for a guided tour of the Glass Flowers and stayed to see more of the museum. I stayed three hours and I know I missed exhibits and gave short shrift to others. Fascinating exhibits of plants and animals, skeletons and bugs, flowers and birds nests. No trip is complete without a tour of the Glass Flowers because that... More 

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washington D.c.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the glass flower exhibit. The giant sloth, prehistoric crocodile and mastodon were also very well organized yet there was minimal accompanying info for the animal exhibits. We were a bit taken aback by the stuffed animal exhibits. The black bear was surprisingly small yet realistic. Overall it is a very nice museum, nothing overwhelming.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2015

I went to the museum while killing time for a friend to get into town and was not sorry! The glass flower exhibit is absolutely phenomenal, for all sorts of people! Are you interested in art and glassblowing? Marvel at the delicacy and precision! Are you interested in plant biology? Squee over the magnified glass flower parts! Definitely could have... More 

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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2015

I went to this museum on a Sunday, a few days after a big snowstorm, so I did find parking on the street, which I was told was unusual. If one lingers in the rock and mineral area like I did, the visit would take 2-3 hours, otherwise 1-2 hours. I started at Harvard's Peabody museum of Anthropology and Ethnography,... More 

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Orono, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2015

I loved the display of glass flowers. It is truly amazing what a person can do with glass. The colors even after so many years are still exceptional.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2015

The Glass Flowers could've mesmerized me for hours. They look more than real, and the detail (botanically and artistically) is amazing! Also enjoyed the Climate Change exhibit because it makes you think, and engage in conversation with others.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2015

Small but great variety! I regularly go to the American Museum of Natural History in NYC and this one had things I'd never seen. Plus the glass flowers and sea creatures were great.

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