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Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

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Natural History Museum
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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  • Enjoyed the Nat History museum, but it was quite small. 1-2 hours max to see the whole thing. The glass flowers, minerals and whale bones were the highlights. I guess I got spoiled going to the Nat Hi...  more »
  • I was really impressed with all the fossils and models of animals this museum have. The geology section with gemstones and minerals was great too. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and helpful; th...  more »
  • I think this was probably my favorite place to visit in my entire trip. I'm not sure if it's always like this, but I could get into both the Natural History Museum and the Archaeology museum, so this ...  more »
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  • Went late in the day during the week in November and it was very empty. The exhibits were diverse and extensive, and there was no shortage of things to look at. I found the animal exhibits to be most interesting partly due to the sheer number of taxidermy animals there were! It is a little inconveniently located and requires a short walk from the Harvard T station.
  • Great collection. A lot to see of biological, geological and anthropological specimens. Cool skeletons and fossils too. The coolest part are the glass plants...absolutely amazing how detailed and life-like they are! Reasonable admission price too
  • Great museum! There are so many great exhibits here, and the staff is really nice. I also love that Massachusetts residents get free admission on Sundays to!
  • Nice, small museum offers a low cost option to see many unique items like the Glass Flowers exhibit. Not crowded, with a self-paced tour.
  • If you're a NatHist nerd, the variety here is fantastic. Enjoyed it more than DC's museum, less crowded and smaller. Does have an entrance fee.