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Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • 26 Oxford St. Map It
  • Cambridge
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 11/11/2013

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Many museums promise something for every member of the family; the vast Harvard Museum complex actually delivers. In 2012, Harvard University created a new consortium, the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, uniting under one administration several of its most visited public museums. The Harvard Museum of Natural History (which exhibits specimens from the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum) displays

some 12,000 specimens, including dinosaurs, rare minerals, hundreds of mammals and birds, and Harvard's world famous Blaschka Glass Flowers. The museum combines historic exhibits drawn from the university's vast collections with new and changing multimedia exhibitions such as New England Forests and Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm, and the renovated Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery. Check the website for children's events and special engagements, which occur throughout the year.

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26 Oxford St., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, United States

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  • $12; free for Massachusetts residents year-round, Sun. 9–noon and Sept.–May, Wed. 3–5. Ticket includes admission to the Peabody Museum.
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 11/11/2013


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Dec 14, 2007

Dinosaurs, meteorites, animals make this a favorite

The Glass Flowers are amazingly realistic -- and so beautiful, but children love this museum for the dinosaurs, the minerals and meteorites from outer space you can touch, and the new "Nests & Eggs" exhibition. The research museums mentioned above are not open to the public, but the public displays of their collections are ALL at the renamed Harvard Museum of Natural History, which is open 9 am -5 pm 361 days a year. Check for many free public

lectures, and classes for both adults and children. Admission is $9 adults, $7 seniors and students; $6 for age 3-18 and free for under 3. Sunday mornings and Weds 3-5 pm (Sept-May) is free to Massachusetts residents only, and also excludes commercial groups. The museum is on the Harvard campus, about 6-7 minute walk thru Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square Red Line T. station.

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