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“Jaw-Dropping Exhibitions”

Harvard Museum of Natural History
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$57.00*
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Ranked #4 of 84 things to do in Cambridge
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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 Microbial Life, New England Forests, Sea Creatures in Glass, and Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery.
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I hadn't expect so much from this museum, because admission is only $12. Actually, it turned out to be fairly cheap! When you go up to the 3rd floor after admission, you may find glass flowers exhibition in a second. They were impressive, but they house more impressive things including giant turtle fossil and some different whale skeleton sets. Spare half a day for this museum and you will not regret it.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have been here so many times and never get tired of seeing the glass flowers exhibit--a permanent, one of a kind, exhibit which is a must see if you are visiting the Harvard campus or Cambridge in general. There is nothing like it in the world!

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Visited here as part of our 'CityPass' ticket pack. Woth a visit, some interesting exhibits, especially the Glass Flowers.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The museum is well worth the trip while in Boston. Large departments devoted to: Native Americans, mammals, minerals/etc. Very nicely done

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Whether you are 8 years old or 80 you will find something very interesting in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Being a biology major in college I was in Nirvanna. Spiders, snakes, monkeys, mollusks, birds, dinosaurs, whale skeletons, lions, tigers and bears, they're all here on display. There are also exhibits for you plant lovers too. For people who like to look at rocks (really minerals) there is an entire room full of them. Adjacent to the museum is the Peabody Museum which is included in the admission price. In the Peabody there are exhibits on various tribes of the Native American and an especially good one on the Mayas.
If who are visiting Cambridge or Boston put this museum on your "to see" list. I would definitely recommend this attraction for families with children. It is well worth the time and admission price.
M. Greg Miller
Millersville, Pennsylvania

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