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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  • August 14, 2017
    True confession: I'm not a museum junkie. I chose to visit here to see the glass flowers which are pretty incredible. I could not believe they were made of glass! If you are a botany fan, you'll go nu...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Fullfilled a few stuffed animals and bones especially extinct ancient megafauna fossil great exhibition of glass botanical specimens, as well as that, I just look quickly and tightly in the small exhibition of minerals and South America, over time, to get a sense of fulfillment.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Incredible unless you see by your own eyes. Well preserved Humming Birds to Dinosaurs Fossils, unique Natural Stones from the depth of the earth to Rocks From Outer Space to Unbelievable Glasswork -- ...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    My tween daughter and I visited on July 6 and I was not prepared for how large it was; I figured a college wouldn't have a very big museum but I was wrong. There were so many displays - we didn't have time to stay more than 30 minutes, but easily we could have spent hours. She particularly loved the interactive Climate Change exhibit. Coming from Divinity Street, you will enter through the Peabody Museum side (which is also included in the admission ticket) and then go to the 3rd floor. You'll walk thru the (excellent) Peabody exhibits and go into the History Museum side. Don't miss the Glass Flowers - they are very beautiful. This is part of the Boston Go Card and I recommend the stop. After visiting - grab a bite to eat at the Clover Food Lab inside of the Science Building.
  • July 3, 2017
    Very cool museum, they have a lot of rocks and gems, which I always enjoy looking at. Not a huge museum, but it takes an hour or two to get through. Worth a visit!
  • May 9, 2017
    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.
  • April 23, 2017
    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
  • May 21, 2017
    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!

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