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Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
+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 '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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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-495-3045
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great museum with so much to see and learn from! I walked away knowing more than when I entered and we enjoyed it immensely! Great choice to do if you have the opportunity!

Thank padadof3
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very good but I expected more from a Harvard Museum. Beautiful gemstones collection. Need to update some of the artifacts and facts, but overall was very good !

Thank Roberto D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The glass flower models, unique to this museum, was incredible. With very basic tools they made models that can be studied. Enjoyed the live beehive & looking for the queen bee.

Thank kellyr186
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum opens at 9am and has various discounted admissions prices. I suggest you use public transportation as parking is close to nonexistent. The reason for our visit was the glass flower exhibit. It exceeded our expectations. It is spectacular. Very well displayed with excellent...More

Thank Jerandnanc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unsurprisingly, Harvard has some pretty neat collections. The glass flowers exhibit is so beautiful it actually kind of stresses me out to think about how difficult it must have been to make each piece. Other must-see exhibits are the great mammal hall and the rock...More

1  Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! This is an amazing museum with a huge diversity of items and many different studios. We enjoyed going through it!

Thank Becky W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend in Dallas told me about the glass collection here. I was so glad to have a chance to visit it. Spectacular representations of land and marine plants made of glass.

1  Thank lisatmp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed the mineral display, the very unique glass flowers, and the beehive. I actually found the queen bee! Loved learning about the different life forms and especially enjoyed the evolution room.

1  Thank Kayla C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this as a family activity after attending a college graduation in the area, so we were there on a Sunday afternoon. It was not too crowded, although there were plenty of people around, so appears to be a relatively popular place. The museum...More

1  Thank Hungry Thompson... T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I mean, the glass flowers, right? Amazing, and everything else is standard natural history stuff, totally worth a visit!

1  Thank mjacobs
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13 January 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
29 November 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
9 August 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