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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Address: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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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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Family friendly museum!

This was a really cute museum to visit if you're in the area. Great price ($12 for adults) for the many different exhibits available to see. When I visited there were many small... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Titusville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a really cute museum to visit if you're in the area. Great price ($12 for adults) for the many different exhibits available to see. When I visited there were many small children that seemed to enjoy this interactive museum as well.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Please do not miss the glass flowers exposition! This is a must see if you are visiting Harvard. I used to go there on daily basis...

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Lutherville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fabulous blown glass models of plants and flowers, unique, nothing at all like it elsewhere. Mineral collection is beautifully lit and displayed, the colors just pop out at you.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Saturday afternoon during a science fair promotion. There were lots of child friendly activities and real scientists at tables explaining their work. I got to poke around at a cow lung, which was more fun than it sounds. Saw lots of stuffed animals from all over the world. Loved the dino exhibits and the insect collection.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic museum, absolutely amazing. We visited and found it very educational. Lots to look at and you can spend all day in there.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Anatomically correct flowers in glass. Breathtakingly beautiful with extraordinary detail. I've seen them three times now, and am awestruck each time. So fragile you can't touch the cases. Amazing

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was a state of the art science museum about 150 years ago. It is charming and I do not doubt has some important collections but at the same time it is more of interest for it's role in the history of biology than for it's state of the art exhibits etc. The Natural History Museum in NYC is... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my daughter here on a cold winter day for something to do. I can't believe I grew up so close to this museum but had never been before, it was fantastic. It has an Indiana Jones feel to it, my daughter loved it, asked insightful questions, and was inspired to learn more about animals and science.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has a couple of exhibitions which are so unique and very different from what you'd normally see in Natural History museum. You have to check our the glass flowers, which are absolutely one of a kind and so beautifully curated. The rocks and gemstones are also incredible and would leave the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in DC for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum was something we decided to visit at the last moment. It was our last day in the USA and we just visited Harvard. Since we had already trekked through Boston at the start, we decided to visit this area last. We went inside, paid for our tickets (I think they were 12 dollars a piece, which is not... More 

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