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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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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...more
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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2932
+1 617-495-3045
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This museum is perhaps most famous for the glass flowers. This is a collection of replicas of flowers made in glass. The were made between 1865 and 1936 and were used in the education of biologists. An extraordinary effort has gone into this, it’s hard...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank N551MDeriks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was blown out of the water by this museum. If you feel disappointed by the M*seum of S*ience because they market their exhibits to children, you'll love the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Their exhibits are definitely more adult-friendly, although I'm sure kids would...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is one of the treasures of Cambridge. The glass flowers are just amazing (originally used by biology students) — it alone is worth the visit. But browse and see the dinosaurs fossils and all the animals.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Thinking we would spend an hour looking around turned into 4 hours. It's an interesting place with great displays. The glass flowers are amazing for anyone interested in botany. Younger kids were running around and could probably see everything in an hour or two. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

Unbelievable gem of a museum. The glass flower/plant exhibit is something that is mind blowing. Each plant made in glass with attention to every detail. Gems and taxidermy is great too.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

So happy my wife and I chose this of all the potential museums to look at first at Harvard. I was awestruck several times in our journey through this fascinating labyrinth. Amongst the most striking artifacts is the black meteor which we were free to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

This was hard to find using a constantly toggling phone map. Just find Oxford Street instead so you don’t end up wandering all over Harvard’s campus. Museum is great with a lot to study. Did not get to spend as much time as we wanted....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

This wasn’t the easiest place to find, but once we did it was worth it. There are some really interesting exhibits, the glass flowers were especially beautiful.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

My son enjoyed the trip and it did spark some curiosity in him. He is 7. He is more into sports but enjoys dinosaurs and other items they had. It was nice but not as modern as I expected and technological interaction was lacking.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

We bought our ticket the day before, and when we try to park the car: mission impossible. No parking avalable. Two hours later, we quit without visiting and lost our money $$$$. We never see a museum without parking. What is that?More

Date of experience: November 2018
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museumgoer88, Public Relations Manager at Harvard Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

There is a 1000 space underground garage next door, but if you check the website, it has to be reserved online in advance, and print your parking pass before you come. On weekends, you can buy a pass at the front desk. There are also...More

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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
November 28, 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
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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