Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts

26 Oxford St, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Submitted by: Marie C.

This place is a hidden gem...yes, it's part of the world famous Harvard, but I am always amazed at how few locals know about this place..it really rocks.. This museum has something for everyone - I've gone w/ out of town guests who are adults, and have taken my young children: all delight in it..they have an amazing amount of animals (stuffed -not live) species: birds, mammals, and also some dino species.   The real highlight is the glass flowers exhibit - done by a famous father & son team - as a teaching tool for students..it's something pretty special.. They also have many amazing gems of all varieties, and many other thought provoking displays. It is free for MA residents SU before 1p, and you can get di...

Submitted by: Phillip Y.

Wow, this place blew me away as a kid and now it still blows my mind.  I went with a friend last year and it was amazing.  I just loved all their glass plant collection.  Plus, I tot...

Submitted by: Doris T.

I am not a huge fan of Natural History Museums but I think this is a cute place to take your kids to.  The glass flowers are indeed one of their kind and really worth a visit.  My most favorite part of this museum is the fact that it is not overwhelmingly big.  It is...

Submitted by: Michael C.

Com'on natural history museums = dead zoo/dead aquarium. The much hyped Glass Flowers were.. well, they were cool! The rest of the museum was a... na...

Submitted by: Linda W.

In response to the pricing, we were told differently by the front desk attendant. My husband and I visited the museum on Fri 4/23/10, the admission in front of the lobby read adults- $10, children- $6. My hus...

Submitted by: Diane H.

It was a great indoor activity for us to do as a family on a rainy (actually thundershowering) day.  Everybody was serious about learning something from every exhibit in both HMNH and the adjacent Peabody Museum (didn't know the kids among us could be such geeks!).  I enjoyed all of it, going through my favorite glass flowers and minerals sections, then proceeded to mammals, fish, birds, dinosaurs.  The bugs collection was nicely arranged, and the environmentally conscious among us found the climatology section quite interesting.  I enjoyed lingering in the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, housing 3 floors of wonderful artifacts from different cultures.  We had a well spent 2 hours in ...

Submitted by: Jennifer C.

I am not a die-hard natural science fan but I do enjoy museums, and I sought out HMNH mainly for the purpose of seing the glass flowers exhibit. Unfortunately, once inside I took a "wrong" turn and ended up in the Hall of Taxidermied and Otherwise Preserved Animals, which really are not my thing. Eels in jars creep me out, as do dead rodents staring at me with glass eyes. I will say that I was impressed by seeing the massive size of the Eland (the largest member of the antelope family) and the Moose. Those suckers are BIG! The exhibits in the Minerals, Gems & Meteorites room were beautiful and interesting, and to be sure the glass flowers are impressive. I agree with another Yelper's caution that you need to...

Submitted by: Dominique N.

Fun place to spend a cold or rainy afternoon.  This is truly an "old school" natural history museum (never seen so many taxidermied animals in my life!)  But its slight kitschiness is fun and I don't think anyone ever gets sick of strange looking animals or dinosaur bones.   The "great hall" of animals is clearly the showstopper, but I partic...

Submitted by: Stephanie S.

Not your average sterile and stuffy museum. Fun to go to and see a museum that makes you feel like you're actually back in time - like the 60s or something. I've only been on Sunday mornings when its free for MA residents and as expected it's busy. Like a toddler playground and stroller convention. So it might be...

Submitted by: Jin C.

I grew up going to the Smithsonian museum in D.C. so when I found this place i was delighted.  It is very different... sort of like the zombie version of the Smithsonian but pretty awesome.  You can see the zebra's ears stapled down and the stripes pinned with black and white bobby pins.  The taxidermy is older so you can see cracked skin, if you're into that kind of thing this place is sweet.  (Some of the animals are in better condition!) The minerals I could look at all day and the glass flowers are def worth a look! "Free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to noon and on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (September through May) excluding commercial groups" I think the...

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