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“Don't miss the glass flowers”

Harvard Museum of Natural History
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$57.00*
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Go Boston Card
Ranked #4 of 80 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I've been here 3 times so far. This is a great little museum that can be seen in an hour. They have an extensive collection of dead animals. I recommend the glass flowers. They are mind-blowing!

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

This museum is great for kids and adults. A must-see is the glass flowers exhibit (what the museum is famous for) and the galleries are also very educational.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

What a great museum. It's amazing how many specimens they exhibit in the various galleries. The hall of minerals is outstanding. We've been to many museums of Natural History and this is one of our favorites.

1  Thank Dave B
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This museum has the glass flower collection, yes. But it also has an amazing collection of animals. There are so many animals in such a small space. It is really amazing to see so many examples of so many different kinds of animals.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The displays are easy to follow and understand. The museum is a great example of a turn of the century museum stopped in time. The museum provides an upper walkway to observe some of the larger creatures face to face. The hand blown glass plant display is fascinating in its beauty and detail

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