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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 4 days ago

This is a small museum with a interesting collection of minerals and well done displays on animal evolution. The highlight is the glass flowers which were made by artisans to copy 'exactly' real plants. Really wonderful glass flowers and branches with leaves where the structure...More

Thank Don P
Reviewed 1 week ago

It doesn't compare to larger museums of it's type, but still a nice spot, especially if you are going to check out Harvard.

Thank theschuay86
Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive collection. But it's a little bit tight with narrow pass-thrus. Great for the value! Always fun with kids to see the fossils! Kronosaurus and the Triceratops are amazing! My 4yo girl actually kissed the glass container when she saw the triceratops skull in it....More

Thank Sui Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to the Harvard Museum of Natural History during our trip to the Boston area to visit family. A trip to Cambridge was on the books due to MIT and Harvard being here and having a 14 year old son. I can't say what...More

Thank Reggie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum of Natural History is attached to the Peabody Museum, and one ticket will allow entrance to both. Either institution could be an overdose. If you enter at the Natural history, just inside the door you will meet your first two skeletal specimens, the...More

Thank colvinkathy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the Nat History museum, but it was quite small. 1-2 hours max to see the whole thing. The glass flowers, minerals and whale bones were the highlights. I guess I got spoiled going to the Nat History museum in DC and Chicago, which are...More

Thank SpencerClan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really impressed with all the fossils and models of animals this museum have. The geology section with gemstones and minerals was great too. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and helpful; they clearly love what they are doing. We could have easily spend a...More

Thank Hulafille
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this was probably my favorite place to visit in my entire trip. I'm not sure if it's always like this, but I could get into both the Natural History Museum and the Archaeology museum, so this review is about both. I loved seeing...More

Thank kjerstinjl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is actually two museums in one. It adjoins the Peabody Museum. We spent nearly 4 hours here and felt like we were flying. My youngest particularly enjoyed the geology exhibit.

Thank MSmama
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum on a wet bay afternoon after graduation It is worth spending a couple of hours there the glass flowers are spectacular

Thank 91cz
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where is the best place to park to limit walking to museum of natural history? limited mobility
14 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
How long would checking out the entire museum take? And is there provision to keep my luggage like a locker? Thanks :)
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
How much time should we devote if we just want to see the glass flowers?
10 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