The Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

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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.

Read the new Harvard Museums of Science & Culture “Know, Show, Go,” policies and make an advance reservation here: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/visit Arrange to visit The Harvard Museum of Natural History and other attractions in Cambridge using our Cambridge route planner.
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  • Great museum. I only got to spend a couple of hours here, needed at least twice that. Great mineral collection, and the glass flowers collection was amazing. 
    Great museum. I only got to spend a couple of hours here, needed at least twice that. Great mineral collection, and the glass flowers collection was amazing.  more »
  • We got here when the doors opened and took our time going through everything - we probably spent 2.5 hours or more here. Your entrance fee also gets you into the Far East Museum across the street... 
    We got here when the doors opened and took our time going through everything - we probably spent 2.5 hours or more here. Your entrance fee also gets you into the Far East Museum across the street...  more »
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  • Got free entry using the Boston Public library pass. The Harvard Natural History museum is one of the four museums of the Harvard museums of Science and Culture. There was so much to see and admire that we ended up spending nearly 4 hours in the Natural History museum. The Ware collection of glass flowers is spectacular and has to be seen to be believed. Photos and videos do not do justice to the intricate and wonderful workmanship. The Great Mammal Hall, the Birds of the World gallery, the Earth and Planetary sciences gallery had a lot to offer along with bayous other exhibits. Do not miss the Rockefeller beetles exhibit and the Sea creatures in glass. Will try to visit again.
  • The best natural history museum I have ever been! Collections are incredibly well preserved and curated. Exhibitions are very well thought and presented. The collections are very complete: from minerals to plants to faunae including insects, across ages and from around the planet. It is all comprised enough, that it is really fun and enjoyable.

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