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 to visit Harvard Museum of Natural History and other attractions in Cambridge using our Cambridge route planner.
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  • Comparable to the Smithsonian one, or the Paris one. Marvelous collections, lots of comparative exhibits. This treasure was the highlight of the trip.  more »
  • What a surprise! After so many years of going to the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts, we never knew this existed!! Tucked away on the Campus, it's a fantastic Museum! And, at the low pri...  more »
  • One should not miss this extraordinary collection of handmade glass flowers. It is unique and a world class exhibit. The rest of the museum is also very good. Great alone and with families.  more »
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  • Very informative and fun. Harvard students get free admission for themselves and a guest. Boston Public Library often has discount passes for non-Harvard affiliates. Impressive collections and nice curation. Fun for kids and adults alike. A favorite collection of mine is the glass flowers, which are both educational and beautiful. The exhibit is newly renovated. Admission to this museum also gets you into the Peabody, a cool anthropological museum next door.
  • The glass flowers/sealife exhibit is worth the entire trip. This isn't a super high tech place but this has an old school vibe because if it ain't broke don't fix it. Remarkable collection. You can get to the Peabody from the same building, go to the stairs.
  • Our family's vote for best museum in Boston. A fascinating and enormous collection of specimens of rocks and minerals, prehistoric skeletons and stuffed/mounted creatures from around the world. Live, guided exhibits on the weekends – this Sunday we saw (and touched) a horseshoe crab, a scorpion, and a starfish. Entertaining for the whole family and kids of all ages. Free admission for Massachusetts residents (with proof of residency) on Sundays from 9–12, and Wednesdays after 3pm.
  • If you're a fan of (1) taxidermy, (2) minerals, crystals, rocks or (3) glass flowers or (4) mesoamerican cultural artifacts, then this museum is for you! My son and father-in-law really love the mineral room - so many colorful and shiny specimens. Pros: reasonable admission price, historic brick building on Harvard campus, exhibits are good for old and young family members Cons: parking is limited, museum is up two flights of stairs, building is very drafty in winter, you can see the whole museum in 2 to 4 hours. If you've already done the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardener, this is a good next-place-to-visit-on-a-rainy-day.
  • Incredible collections, well presented and explained. The glass flowers and plants alone are of such wonderful craftsmanship that they are worth a visit to Boston all by themselves. Don't miss out.
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