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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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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
+1 617-495-3045
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Like everything at Harvard done with a mixture of patrician quirkiness and world class content. Old buildings. Strange halls. But great content. Glass flowers unique. Includes Peabody American Indian museum. Learned how to peel a birch tree bark in one sheet to make a canoe.

Thank paxnrth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the museum for the glass flower exhibit. It is amazing! Well worth a visit if you are into glass, botany, art- it is amazing what the Blaschka’s were able to do with glass. We also walked through the rest of the museum...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a few hours there and very much enjoyed the exhibits. There were so many cool skeletons and there were a ton of cool displays.

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this with a college friend from yore. Fascinating! We busily snapped photos with our smartphones.

Thank Maynard C
Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a lot on display here and something interesting for everyone. I was surprised by the amount of exhibits. Wasn't terribly expensive for entry - $12/pp

Thank bkct1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The general body of this museum is much like many other provincial museums. A mixture of old collections as seen in many locations - stuffed animals, old rocks, fossils, .... -with a few 'modern'galleries thrown in, in this case about human evolution. But the star,...More

Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the museum to see the Blaschka Glass Flower exhibition. They were absolutely gorgeous and spectacular, the craftsmanship is stunning and difficult to comprehend at times (how did they do it!? And over one hundred years ago!? Amazing!) I could have spent longer in...More

Thank littlel606
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here specifically to see the Ware Collection. The idea of all these plants rendered in glass is amazing. I was blown away. Mind you for those with sensitive noses there is a bit of a "old smell' about the place (just a warning...More

Thank riff-raffkind
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend of mine from Everett suggested I should see Harvard's Ware Collection of Ware Collection of Blaschka's Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. This week I had the opportunity to finally see the "Glass Flower Exhibit". As someone who is fond...More

1  Thank Arlene H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visit at Harvard Museum of Natural History is an eye opener. First the glass selection of glassmakers Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. So realistic that you don’t believe the flowers are made of glass. Also the sea sculptures. The other parts of the museum are...More

Thank chrisgeldof
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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