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Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
+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 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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  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
+1 617-495-3045
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I loved this museum. However, my preteens did not share my enthusiasm as they prefer the more hands-on experiences (like at the science museum). Using mounted animals and fossils, the exhibits provide great information on the variety within species and evolution in general. We all...More

Thank MattandLady
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum is a really nice finding. I personally underestimated it before going because I thought it would be a small exhibition since it's part of the university. I was so wrong. The level of knowledge presented here is incredible. Many sections about different aspects...More

Thank Carlos B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fantastic. Never seen so much of interest in such a compact space. Our 4 and 7 yr old grandchildren loved it. Not to miss Especially the glass flowers. Nothing like it.

Thank rick j
Reviewed 4 days ago

My kids loved going here and it was free! We rambled for hours in the dusty, interesting building. I unfortunately could not stay in one of the rooms that was closed off because my asthma kicked up from the smell, but otherwise everything was fascinating!...More

Thank 736gabrielles
Reviewed 6 days ago

Scholars probably love this place. People who work for museum programs probably find it really interesting. It may be fascinating to adults not accompanied by children. But... Our experience was that this wasn't a very enjoyable place for youngsters. There were no docents available to...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It´s an amazing place to visit in Harvard, besides the University buildings, the Museum od Natural History is very interesting and with many species to see and know. It is a very interesting place and with penmanent and temporal expositions.

Thank Anfibio0686
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Harvard grad recommended and very interesting 2 hour visit. Wonderful museum in ancient building. Beetle, butterfly, insect collection (sounds boring, but isn’t) amazing. Rocks/mineral collection world class. We all learned. Great for smart, curious kids. Highest recommendation.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was an extremely cold day and we thought it would be worth visiting to keep indoors and warm. Well, we really enjoyed it. The collections were far more extensive than we thought and well organized. Today there was a geologist on hand that made...More

Thank Nicole R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a gem of a museum. The variety of its exhibits guarantees that anyone who goes will find something of interest. From the "Glass Flowers" room (a title that greatly understates the breadth of amazing examples of flora therein), to Cenozoic mammals, dinosaurs, and animal...More

1  Thank Rainelle T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really good visit, we spent a few hours here and if I wasn’t hungry we could have spent more time. Natural history Smithsonian is the only other Nat His that tops this museum.

Thank Keisha F
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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
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
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