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Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

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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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  • Lots of interesting and well laid out exhibits. Not as overwhelming as some museums so is perfect for a half a day. I went for the famous glass flower exhibit and was amazed at the intricacy and detai...  more »
  • Is one of the most interesting museum of all the Harvard museums. The Geology Exhibitions is crazy, they have samples of meteorites and common elements you don't know how they look in nature (gold, si...  more »
  • While it may not have the breadth and inventory of its Smithsonian and New York counterparts, this museum is a real gem. The displays are extremely well designed, and unlike the other museums mentione...  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.