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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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  • Average5%
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26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-495-3045
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum is full of wonders. it does not try to wow you with quantity, but rather with amazing quality. Incredible halls of mounted animals and the famous collection of glass flowers are just part of this great museum. Don't miss this.More

Thank Robert S
museumgoer88, Public Relations Manager at Harvard Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, and glad you visited. You flagged 'quality' more than quantity--very observant.. Harvard Museum of Natural History displays just 11,000 specimens drawn from the vast collections of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (with 21 million...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

At first I thought it was going to be a very basic museum but it turned out to be one of my favourites. Lot's of interesting things to see such as: dinosaurs, fossils, crystals & minerals, animals. Very much worth seeing.

Thank Serena D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I am a plant science major and had heard about the glass flowers for years, but nothing quite prepared me for them. They are absolutely breathtaking, and need to be seen to be believed. The trip to the museum is worth it for these alone.

Thank hannah f
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Powerful people and organizations donated excellent stuff to this museum, located right on the Harvard campus. The mineral collection and display is the best I have ever seen. The quality of individual mineral specimens will knock your socks off. The climate change exhibits are very...More

Thank marko18745
museumgoer88, Public Relations Manager at Harvard Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for posting. So glad you discovered the museum. Best, Blue

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see the famous glass flowers and I was blown away by the mammals, minerals, and skeletons on display. Insect display was good too. Parking is a challenge in Cambridge and expensive. The entrance fee for two seniors was $20.00.

Thank LeverettGirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a museum that I used to love as a child. I still like it! Great collections of stuffed animals, dinosaur bones, glass flowers and sea creatures as well as dazzling gem stone samples. You will need a couple of hours to enjoy this...More

1  Thank Christen P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interested in anything about the natural world we live in? Visit this place. Flora, fauna, you get the picture. Glass flowers, crazy-looking rocks, amazing examples of scary- looking animals, little fishies and birdies, this museum has it all. And it's in a great old building...More

Thank runnrdad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is on the Harvard campus and offers a lovely grassy area outside with seating for warm weather breaks. The glass flower exhibit is not to be missed. The flowers look so real that it is difficult to believe that they are actually glass.

1  Thank Diana15241
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite museums of all time. The astounding rocks and minerals collection is unbelievable. We literally spent over an hour just walking aisle after aisle after aisle viewing the different exhibits - there must be thousands of different rocks and minerals...More

Thank Valentina T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a lifelong Bostonian but still haven't seen all its museums had to offer. My family and I now live on Cape Cod, and traveling into the city is a haul, but the trip is always well worth it. My younger daughter (15) has been...More

1  Thank mixedmartialmom
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14 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
29 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
10 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