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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Address: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
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+1 617-495-3045
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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Unique, one-of-a-kind selection of animal specimens makes for an informative outing

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 1 week 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 1 week 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

90% of the visitors when I went to the HMNH were adults. The sections were full of specimens but also very interesting focused presentations on evolution, human and otherwise, and histories of silk production, beetles, passenger pigeons, etc. I wore myself out reading about these topics for 1.5 hours and then passed through the rest of the place too quickly.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Toddlers and children, to say nothing of adults, can appreciate this hidden Cambridge treasure. It is a welcoming place with many varied fascinating exhibits for old and young. For the bird or wildflower enthusiast, there are glass flowers and amazing nests! There are rocks and stuffed animals galore. And lots of push buttons at the exhibits to explain the details.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit or several to see everything. It is all well laid out and the displays of animals and birds are an amazing resource to be able to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A museum out of the early 20th century but with some great exhibits especially the famous glass botancial specimens. Well worth an hour.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I was a kid my Grandmother always wanted to look at the glass flowers, and I wanted to look at the taxidermy animals! On a recent visit, 3 generations (including two teens) all found things of interest. Because the museums are connected, the scientific types found their spots (geology, climate change); the history buffs found theirs (Native American exhibit,... More 

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