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Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 700+ 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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  • We were visiting friends and only had about 90 minutes to see anything. Our host recommended the mineral and glass flower exhibits. We weren't disappointed. While the casual visitor like us would find...  read more »
  • I enjoyed this a lot more than the Museum of Science. It was a little hard to find, but well worth a little extra walking. The glass flowers are, of course, the main draw (and truly spectacular!), but...  read more »
  • Five of us (including two 12 year olds) loved this Museum. So much to see and easy to spend a few hours looking at the wonderful exhibits. 
  • 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.
  • This was one of the best museums I have ever been to! I didn't expect there to be so many exhibits. There was a lot of great information and a lot of stuff to look at. Really a great place for all ages.
  • A definite highlight of my Boston trip. So much to see and do at this museum. Probably not really great for young children. If you enjoy natural history, nature, or biology, this is a definite must see.
  • Spent over two hours walking around the museum taking in the various installations and displays. The museum is easy to navigate and organized very well. My favourite exhibits were the three whales anchored on the second floor. The Glass Flower exhibit was closed when I visited and will definitely be back to see it!
  • Good natural history museum. Had three wings. One dedicated to animals and humans. A central wing of glass repoductions of plants and a section dedicated to minerals and Mesoamerica.
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