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Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
+1 617-495-3045
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More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of Harvard's renowned collection of Blaschka '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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
+1 617-495-3045

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Reviewed December 12, 2015

The museum includes a lot of animal exhibits ranging from dinosaurs two large mammals. It is a lot more extensive than you might think. The museum also includes a fair amount of old military armor and weapons dating from the very early ages through the...More

Thank Chug2
Reviewed December 10, 2015

We were enthralled with the extensive collections of variety of items including gems, minerals and animals (stuffed of course-not to be confused with stuff plush toys however)-well worth the trip to Harvard- Please note that street parking is very difficult to find so I would...More

Thank Nancy W
Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We spent a few hours exploring great exhibits. I particularly liked the large collection of rocks, minerals and elements--fascinating! The exhibit in evolution was also noteworthy.

Thank Linda L
Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

This was a very interesting place and the exhibits were fun. The museum was not crowded and i recommend t for all ages.

Thank Abinaderg
Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

I love museums and this place is great! I like the traditional feel. I especially loved some awesome photography and the bizarre glass invertebrates and plants. These life like glass objects show unbelievable detail that I never would have imagined possible with glass. If you...More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed November 11, 2015

Visited on a weekday. Lots of school groups, but possibe to avoid them - especially if you come a little later in the day. The exhibits are phenomenal! The glass flowers and the insect collections were amazing.

Thank SeatownTravelJunkie
Reviewed November 11, 2015

We love taking our 6-year-old here - there are so many different things to see! All kinds of artifacts - birds, mammals, dinosaurs, insects, rocks and minerals, the list just goes on and on. You could spend your whole visit in just a section or...More

Thank faminita
Reviewed November 11, 2015

Visited this museum over a decade ago, as a student. Enjoyed it then, a lot to learn, and a quite place to linger and reflect. I made a visit recently to show my 7 year old the glass flower exhibit. Was pleasantly surprised by the...More

Thank travelnowB42old
Reviewed November 11, 2015

I had been told I had to see the Glass Flower Collection at this museum--a diverse and large assortment of models by the Dresden family Blaschka--and little had I expected what good advice this was. The glass flowers were incredible in many ways, not least...More

1  Thank Mary T
Reviewed November 11, 2015

The glass flower exhibition was very pretty and interesting. I particularly love the animal collection with the large dinosaur, whales, and the beautiful wolf or European squirrel. It was fun to look at funny animals and taking pictures of them. Take note that the Peabody...More

Thank Sofia_M_D83
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January 13, 2017|
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Response from museumgoer88 | Property representative |
Go to the museum's website under Plan your visit for info on reserving parking next door in the underground garage-- but it's still cc 200 yards away from our historic, but accessible building. Coming in a wheelchair... More
Afsana A
November 28, 2016|
Response from museumgoer88 | Property representative |
They have a coat space, but it's not attended, or locked. Many visitors spend just a couple hours to wander through just the Harvard Museum of Natural History, but the Peabody Museum is included in your same ticket, and so... More
Kelly S
August 9, 2015|
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Response from Bruno R | Reviewed this property |
That depends on whether you just want to enjoy the looks of the flowers or whether you are actually interested in the plants and their descriptions. If the former, I would say 15 minutes are enough; otherwise, an hour or... More