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Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Ranked #4 of 80 things to do in Cambridge
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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 June 22, 2010

Don't miss the Glass Flowers Exhibit. Permanent collections and special shows offer one days or maybe years worth of world-class exhibits. Take the kids or go with a friend. Just don't miss it! Take a look in the gift shop too for interesting jewelry and other items related to what's been viewed in the halls.

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Reviewed June 11, 2010

I am a big fan of this museum. The glass flowers are the most famous exhibit, and rightfully so, as they are like nothing else you've seen in other museums. However, there are so many other great exhibits -- love the hall of animal specimens and the Pacific island anthropological exhibit. Also like the exhibit on class and race at Harvard -- I'm glad that Harvard doesn't spend too much time talking about itself in this museum, but this one section is definitely interesting.

I recommend seeing this museum when you have a few hours to spend, since there is so much to see.

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Reviewed January 28, 2010

Visited HMNH on January 11th 2010 (on vacation from England), thoroughly enjoyed myself, really enjoyed looking at all the exhibits in all the rooms and found the current research videos at harvard totally fascinating. Learnt a hell of a lot!! and thought the great mammal hall was outstanding, with complete skeletons etc of animals that roamed the earth aeons ago. I have an interest in all things equine so found it really good that you had several complete skeletons of modern horses distant ancestors. Also found the exhibit about Zebra stripes and how theyre formed in different zebra species was really interesting. thanks for a great visit, and with a city pass for boston made it a real must see!!

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Reviewed September 6, 2009

Out-of-towns guests always love the glass flowers. Even folks who didn't think they would be 'into' a natural history museum like this place. Old-school section has skeletons and stuffed strange beasts. Big room of crystals and minerals. Not in the glass flowers sections but just about everywhere else, photos are okay, so you can get some cool shots of creepy insects in glass jars or the family next to an animal skeleton.

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Reviewed February 7, 2008

I took my family here and had never really known about this hidden museum. It is on the campus of HArvard University and tucked away in the way back. If you visit the website you can get directions and also pay for parking right online for the nearby garage (5 dollars). The museum is on a few levels and was pretty interesting. The minerals and rocks and meteors is very cool and there is a very interesting exhibit of all flowers and plants made out of galss very real looking. The halls and halls of dinosaur and animals are awesome although a bit dated (some are falling apart). The place is pretty extensive and worthwhile to pay a visit especially in the winter months. I would recommend it!

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