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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 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

Reviewed 1 week 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

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

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.

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.

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is not your typical Museum of Natural History. The displays and museum itself is very unique. An extraordinary collection of hand made glass plants and flowers is one of the highlights of the museum. Well worth a visit if you are near the Harvard...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Museum was so enjoyable. They have huge rooms with all kinds of exhibit. They had so many species of each kind it's really worth the visit

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Check the website for hours that may be free for MA residents! This is a wonderful destination, a great place for any artists to hang out and sketch at. HIGHLY recommended.

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Questions & Answers
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
28 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