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Harvard Museum of Natural History

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Aggasiz - Harvard University, Cambridge
  • The Feast
    "We suggest you bring a date and check out the amazing glass flowers."(12 Tips)
    Ceylan S.
    "surprising collection of gems and the mammals room"(2 Tips)
    "Massachusetts residence get in free Sunday mornings."(2 Tips)
    Jt T.
    "complete skeleton of a Kronosaurus on display in the world!"(2 Tips)
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    HISTORYOctober 18, 2012
    The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the public face of 3 research museums, including the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, & the Mineralogical and Geological Museum.
  • Cedar O.
    Cedar OliverApril 11, 2013
    You must see the glass flowers before you die! Also the mineral collection is amazing. Taxidermy also very cool. And don't miss 3 floors of Native American exhibits next door included with admission!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BergusAugust 21, 2016
    Old-school natural history museum. Well put together for its type. Don't miss the glass flowers. Rocks are surprisingly cool and pretty, too.
  • Subhasish D.
    Subhasish DasJuly 31, 2016
    They have an excellent collection of botanical cross sections made of glass and they are indistinguishable from the real things. Quite a marvel of glass making and botany, circa 1850s.
  • Vicki B.
    Vicki B.September 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to venture deep into the museum to explore the new & amazing New England Forests gallery, the restored Great Mammal Hall and currently to be able to observe restoration of the towering giraffe
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceApril 21, 2013
    Stunning collection of minerals & meteorites. Hidden gem on Harvard's campus. Free for any visitors Sundays 9a-12p.
  • Twinkle D.
    Spent a good amount of time. The fossil collection is awesome as well as the rocks and crystals. The glass flowers were spectacular too!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Massachusetts residents get in for free on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Sundays before noon. We suggest you bring a date and check out the amazing glass flowers. Read more
  • Jade G.
    Jade GuedesDecember 22, 2011
    I love the Victorian exhibits at this museum . Don't miss the great gallery at thend where the whole of evolution is packed into one tiny space. Great gift shop too!! Check out their Xmas ornaments
  • Irene M.
    Irene MDecember 30, 2016
    A spectacular museum of its type; the handmade glass flowers are worth the trip alone and the rest is wonderful, too.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 20, 2012
    Visit prehistoric fossil invertebrates, reptiles, and the world’s only mounted Kronosaurus. Highlights include over 3,000 glass flowers, a 1,642-lb amethyst geode and the world’s largest turtle shell. Read more
  • Blue M.
    Blue MagruderOctober 19, 2010
    Check the museum website for free evening lectures by scientists and authors. And the museum is also free to Mass. residents on Weds. afternoons, 3-5 pm during the school year.
  • Jt T.
    Jt TourangeauJune 24, 2016
    Head straight to the Romer Hall of Vertebrate Paleontology room and see the most complete skeleton of a Kronosaurus on display in the world!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 26, 2013
    "The Language of Color" exhibit runs through September 30 & explores how animals use their color: for camouflage, intimidation & mating. Just $10 with your BU ID, check out the zebra striping video! Read more
  • Mike A G.
    Mike A GriffinJune 21, 2014
    A small version of the Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Don't miss the glass flower room.
  • Edward M.
    If you're in the Harvard/Cambridge area you should pop by. Doesn't take long but it's very informative and interesting.
  • Boston University
    Boston UniversityDecember 3, 2012
    Harvard students might get in for free, but your Terrier Card can save you $2 off admission. Admission is also free for MA residents Sundays 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Diana S.
    Diana SepúlvedaSeptember 16
    Most beautiful place in Cambridge. It is simply stunning. Take your time to enjoy every room.
  • Ceylan S.
    Ceylan Sahin EkerJanuary 17, 2015
    They have a surprising collection of gems and the mammals room is amazing!
  • Kristyn U.
    Kristyn UlandayDecember 29, 2015
    This place is one of my favorite places in Boston. Great place to spend an afternoon.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CrossOctober 11, 2014
    Last year I tried to run in and use the restroom: they wanted me to pay admission! I have heard good things about the exhibits and decided to return today despite the rigidity of some of their staff.
  • Kat M.
    Kat M.October 10, 2010
    Sunday a.m. free for Mass. residents - bring ID & REMIND them or they charge. Victorian-style, glass case maze with dead things. Not very interactive. Boston Museum of Science is much more fun.
  • Katia S.
    Katia SerratoFebruary 8, 2015
    One of my favorite places. I love everything about this museum. 💜
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurkaJanuary 17, 2015
    Hidden gem of the Boston-area museum scene. Free to MA residents on Sun mornings and Weds afternoons!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 26, 2014
    Tons of taxidermy of all sorts on display here. Small museum but fun.
  • David L.
    David LawterMarch 18, 2013
    Awesome place. Great place for kids and adults both. Plan on spending a long time here!
  • Mayee
    MayeeJanuary 4, 2015
    When typing in directions via GPS, don't put in the name of the museum. Type in the actual address otherwise the iPhone GPS sends you to some back door blocks away from the entrance.
  • Mayee
    MayeeJanuary 4, 2015
    Massachusetts residence get in free Sunday mornings. Bring your driver's license.
  • catie k.
    catie konstasSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent place for all ages!! Check out Nabokov's butterflies! :)
  • Megan D.
    Megan D.September 21, 2011
    Check out the color exhibit-- find out the why and how behind nature's amazing spectrum.
  • Eric S.
    Eric ScottNovember 30, 2014
    The glass flowers are amazing!
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret MyersMarch 20, 2014
    I like the animals the best. Check out mouse rat.
  • Foodiespr
    FoodiesprAugust 3, 2015
    A lot of learning about our nature and evolution!
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SnyderApril 1, 2013
    The salt and vinegar crickets are interesting. Flavor could probably be toned down, but overall not bad.
  • Philip L.
    Philip LovejoySeptember 14, 2011
    Check out the Glass Flower collection. Unique in all the world!
  • Vicki B.
    Vicki B.November 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Garage parking is now available on the weekends and will be for sale at the front desk!
  • Alexa P.
    Alexa PomericoNovember 7, 2010
    If you use Bank of America, visit the first full weekend of a month, show your card and get in free!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SmithNovember 26, 2015
    Impressive variety. Nice presentation
  • Karan T.
    Karan TarasariaJanuary 20, 2014
    Curious about Science? You'll have a great time exploring! Just let your mind open
  • Osama F.
    Osama FraigeApril 6, 2014
    Must see for all ages.
  • Jasmine C.
    Jasmine ChowdhuryOctober 8, 2012
    Best collection of glass flowers in the world
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArboledaApril 28, 2013
    The prehistoric skeletons are amazing!
  • Charles W.
    Charles WoodsApril 22, 2015
    We liked the stone and mineral room
  • Furqan N.
    Furqan NazeeriMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best to visit on in the AM and street parking is ample.
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha StaffordMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    See if you can find the elephant...
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CameronJune 22, 2013
    Really cool glass flowers exhibit!
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaMay 15, 2016
    Lots of animals on display. Taxodermied.
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Attend one of the museum’s public lectures to hear from world-leading experts.
  • Hostelling International
    If you're a geek like me: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Amy Clare (England & Wales)
  • Ayesa M.
    Ayesa MercadoJanuary 9, 2014
    Nice museum
  • yogi a.
    yogi ariantoMarch 7, 2013
    Harvard Museum of Natural History:
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 21, 2012
    Victorian era! How cool
  • Amelia N.
    Amelia NSeptember 1, 2016
    I even like it when it's bad
  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityDecember 8, 2009
    Be sure to see over 3,000 glass flowers commissioned in 1886, representing more than 830 plant species. Read more
  • Reed C.
    Reed CochranAugust 26, 2011
    Free on Sundays!
  • Paul M.
    Paul MacLeodOctober 29, 2011
    Lots of stuff in here
  • Mauricio A.
    Mauricio Arce ViquezSeptember 21, 2015
    Excelente experiencia, se requiere ir con tiempo para ver todo con calma y así poder disfrutarlo al máximo
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