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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Address: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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More than 10,000 specimens are on display, including the 2,000 models of...

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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Not your average natural history museum!

This museum has a couple of exhibitions which are so unique and very different from what you'd normally see in Natural History museum. You have to check our the glass flowers... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has a couple of exhibitions which are so unique and very different from what you'd normally see in Natural History museum. You have to check our the glass flowers, which are absolutely one of a kind and so beautifully curated. The rocks and gemstones are also incredible and would leave the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in DC for... More 

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Deventer, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum was something we decided to visit at the last moment. It was our last day in the USA and we just visited Harvard. Since we had already trekked through Boston at the start, we decided to visit this area last. We went inside, paid for our tickets (I think they were 12 dollars a piece, which is not... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The first thing to know when visiting by car is that there is NO parking anywhere near the museum. Any street spots are by permit only for Cambridge residents that live in the area. The closest garage is Harvard Square which is a bit of a walk on a freezing cold January day with kids. One inside the museum was... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had to tour through pretty fast as we were in a hurry so I did not DO this museum justice. But, we still loved it. Most notably the glass flowers exhibit and the animals from different areas and HUGE that you could look at close up!

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Shelburne, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm surprised that this place isn't advertised or mentioned more often as a top, must-see attraction when you visit the Boston area. I was blown away by the vast collections in three separate museums under the same roof. The glass flower exhibit is amazing in how closely these items resemble the living plants and flowers that are built from glass... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for kids and adults to see real stuffed animals, some rare, in what I can only describe as a unique museum experience. Massachusetts residents enter free on Sunday from 9am-noon so even better if visit is well timed. Informative exhibits leave you with a sense of awe at our animal cousins

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like gems and minerals, you need to see this museum. The collection is quite large with rocks/etc from all over the world. In addition to rocks, the museum has a collection of large life-like stuffed animals from a variety of regions along with prehistoric skeletons. It also contains some Mayan monuments/exhibits plus at the time, a glass flower... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy seeing minerals and gemstones, then you can't miss this museum. They have a big exhibit with so many beautiful ones to see and a nice gift store also.

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Boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What used to be only room after room of dusty glass cases of stuffed animals and close up photos of snowflakes has become a wonderful interactive set of spaces for families. Great way to teach about climate change, evolution, forest ecology, etc. And of course you can see skeleton that shows that a baleen whale can only swallow something the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little off the beaten path in Harvard Square, but well worth the effort. Fascinating early American exhibits; world class glass flower exhibit. and dinosaur skeletons!

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