The Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

4.6
#1 of 8 in Museums in Cambridge
Visit the Harvard’s Glass Flowers, find your birthstone gem in the mineral gallery, see large tigers, and view dinosaurs in the palaeontology gallery, including the first triceratops skull ever discovered. The Great Mammal Hall features a giraffe, zebra, sloths, lemurs, and six whales hanging from the ceiling.

Permanent exhibits include The Rockefeller Beetles, Sea Creatures in Glass Evolution, Climate Change, and Marine Life. Just an eight-minute walk from the Harvard Square T Station through Harvard Yard, the museum is the university’s most-visited museum. Visit hmnh.harvard.edu for more information. Arrange to visit The Harvard Museum of Natural History and other attractions in Cambridge using our Cambridge route planner.
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  • Spread over 2 levels, the museum is a ticketed entry. Split into several sections like Zoology, Biology, Geology, etc, the museum has special sections for Arachnids, Naturally forming crystals and sto...  more »
  • The museum in general is small but well kept and has some quality exhibits. The most intriguing one is the glass flowers which have an amazing story behind them and are definitely a must for any art a...  more »
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  • Excellent Museum. The exhibits were pristine, beautiful, and well detailed. I'd recommend this to children and adults of all backgrounds. I'm studying biology at the moment, and was really fascinated with a lot that they had to offer. Kids will love this as well, as there's plenty of visuals and exciting things to see.
  • Loved the experience here. Lots of variety and fun things to see. Worth a stop by. The glass flower museum was amazing! Admission is discounted if you are a student which is nice. You can spend a couple of hours here, there is plenty to see. Also there is a neat gift shop that has some unique items you can bring home.

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