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“Great Museum”

Harvard Museum of Natural History
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$57.00*
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Go Boston Card
Ranked #4 of 82 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 May 6, 2013

The "glass flowers" were amazing. The whole museum was well laid out and very interactive. Plenty of staff to answer any questions.

Thank Nigel B
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

So cool!

I love this kind of stuff though. I loved the giant stuffed animals and ...well, that place just rings my bells. I love the guilded age ness of it....love it all.

Thank Nadia R
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

A must see if you are visiting Cambridge area. Many interesting items from all around the world, including the Tasmanian tiger.

Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

This museum is really well laid out and interesting to all our family. Very easy to get to on public transport, probably not so easy by car.
The rocks and minerals are amazing even if youre half hearted by the theme. The animals are really well presented and we could not believe the range they had.
The adjoining Peabody is very interesting but not as captivating for kids.

Thank Veronika-in-Boston
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We had a wee bit difficulty finding this building within all the other buildings within the Harvard University Area but was certainly worth the effort and the $12 admssion fee is well worth it. The most fascinating exhibit has to be the glass flowers which were created over a 50 year span and used in botany teaching classes. Good spread of other "natural history" exhibits from minerlas to preserved speciments of all sorts. We walked out from Kendal Square (c40mins) and it was really interesting to see some of the local archetecture and some lovely wood cladded houses. Its very good value for money but unless an enthusiast possibly less attractive as a standalone toursit attractiosn but certainly well worth a visit if you are going to go out and "see" Harvard.

Thank SammyHo
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