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Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

(4.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
See the wonders of nature accompanied by manmade masterpieces at Harvard Museum of Natural History. As a Harvard University affiliate, the museum keeps pace with the latest scientific discoveries. It boasts a rich collection of zoological, botanical, and geological artifacts, from fossils and minerals to lifelike animal models. The display of prehistoric animals includes the world's only mounted Kronosaurus. One of the museum's main attractions--the impressively detailed glass models of flowers and invertebrates--was crafted by renowned glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Museum admission includes access to the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Arrange your visit to Harvard Museum of Natural History and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cambridge using our Cambridge vacation builder.
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  • The first thing to know when visiting by car is that there is NO parking anywhere near the museum. Any street spots are by permit only for Cambridge residents that live in the area. The closest garage...  more »
  • We had to tour through pretty fast as we were in a hurry so I did not DO this museum justice. But, we still loved it. Most notably the glass flowers exhibit and the animals from different areas and HU...  more »
  • I'm surprised that this place isn't advertised or mentioned more often as a top, must-see attraction when you visit the Boston area. I was blown away by the vast collections in three separate museums ...  more »
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  • Had a great afternoon here. Lovely collection of beautiful minerals and gems. The highlight for me though was the great collection of animals (especially the vast collection of beetles). Have a fair few fossils too, my favourite was the huge whale like fossil!
  • A fantastic cultural high-point in the Boston metropolitan area tucked into Cambridge at Harvard. Having been a volunteer there once and heading back for another stint soon, I can tell you that it is truly worth a visit by all, local and traveler alike. From neat bones, outstanding taxidermy , breath taking glass work and gem stones to spare. The staff, all of the staff, are attentive and happy to share information or simply point you in the direction you know your own adventure to be heading. And don't forget to stop into the gift shop, there are numerous items to please just about any age group and curiosity level.
  • The museum has a great collection as well as an amazing exhibit for Glass Flowers. I haven't been that impressed by art in a really long time.
  • It's a little creepy being around all the dead stuffed animals. It's very crowded to show off all their specimens, so you see lots of different dead animals, but you don't learn that much about them. They could do better to make it more about learning about the various creatures than about showing off what a huge collection they have.
  • The public spaces are just a tiny fraction of this substantial research museum. In the public spaces, the classic rock and mineral collections, the taxidermy, the fossils... but also the original botany teaching collection (glass flowers). In the research spaces - experts surrounded by their specimens, entire floors and wings of animals and fossils, a library, and then, in adjoining buildings, the herbaria, archaeology, anthropology, etc.