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Harvard Museum of Natural History: Tours & Tickets

Opens in 20 min: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, just steps away from the historic Harvard Yard, you can witness the amazing artistry of the celebrated Blaschka glass flowers & sea creature collections, roar with the Siberian tiger, buzz with honeybees...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I went to the Smithsonian in Dec and was DISAPPOINTED. I wasn't with this museum. Even had a coat rack & storage for my backpack for free. Museum had Dino's which I love. The glass flowers blew me away. Loved the animal next to their...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Nancy H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had planned a one-day stop in Boston on a family trip, and the day we visited was cold and rainy. We were staying near Harvard, so we went to the natural history museum. It was a great day! We have 4 kids (ages 7-14)...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank snmommy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here to see the Blaschka sea creatures and they are stunning. Perfect recreations of sea creatures out of glass. The craftsmanship is just incredible. It was very special to see this collection.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank LindsCC777
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this museum because my son love the natural history. We visited many natural history museums over the world. This one is the best in my son's eyes.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank tw8168
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited the Harvard Natural History Museum based on a recommendation about the glass flowers exhibit. I admittedly wasn’t fully sold on the idea, but went anyway. The glass flowers are quite interesting, as are the animals and the glass sea life, but the mineral...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MegInMpls
Reviewed September 16, 2019

We decided to visit this museum to see the glass flower exhibit. Although there were many intricately constructed flowers and plants, they were not as colorful and flamboyant as I expected, but that was my misconception with the exhibit. What I was impressed with were...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Steve00
Reviewed September 6, 2019

The Harvard Natural History Museum is small, but well set out, some good exhibits, I liked the glass flowers and other glass models (e.g. Jellyfish very much). As someone who has a degree in Zoology, the stuffed animals had a peculiar old-fashioned ragged quality that...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank RonaldMacintyre
Reviewed August 30, 2019 via mobile

I cannot say enough good things about the Harvard Museum of Natural History. My family and I were blown away be our recent visit and got so much out of this brilliant little museum. It may not be as sprawling and massive as other natural...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank AlexanderD
Reviewed August 24, 2019

I was pleasantly surprised that this was a short walk from Harvard square. The teenagers enjoyed the area.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 43edwin123456
Reviewed August 22, 2019 via mobile

For our first full day in Boston we went to the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the attached Peabody Museum. They are small museums but have a nice collection of interesting artifacts. Not a bad day to spend a hot and steamy afternoon.

Date of experience: August 2019
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tltallen
January 13, 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
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AfsanaA
November 28, 2016|
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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
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Kelly S
August 9, 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
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