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Harvard Museum of Natural History

Cambridge, MA

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Address: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA How do we get there? Number: (617) 495-3045
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Who's ready to visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard's vast research collections at the University's most visited museum!

Come face to face with ACTUAL dinosaurs, and see first hand the amazing meteorites that have come direct from space! Kids can see the beauty in rare minerals, and learn all about hundreds of animals around the globe.

Did you know that at the museum you can also get close to the world's only mounted Kronosaurus, as well as a 42 ft-long marine reptile, AND one of the first Triceratops ever discovered!

That's not all kids! The Harvard Museum of Natural History is also home to a 1,642 lb. amethyst geode as well as not 1 but 3 whale skeletons!

Don't miss the world famous exhibit of 3,000 'Glass Flowers', amazingly realistic models of plants, fruits and flowers created by father-son glass artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1886-1936.

You won't believe they're not real!

Ticket includes admission to the adjacent Peabody Museum -- archaeology and cultures of six continents. Amazing!

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The museum is at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, on the Harvard University campus, just a short, 7 minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line 'T' station. Harvard is just 10-15 minutes by T from downtown Boston. Also 3/4 mile from the Porter Square commuter rail station.

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How much does it cost?






$10.00 (Ages 3 to 18, also Non-Harvard students with I.D))



Seniors $13.00


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3 years


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Harvard Museum of Natural History FAQ’s

Bike racks are provided and the museum is wheelchair accessible. Don't miss the new exhibitions, Thoreau's Maine Woods, Final Flight: th Extiction of the Passenger Pigeon, and New England Forests

There is a baby changing table in the ladies room.
Even toddlers love exploring the 500 animals on display. Strollers are allowed, but please bring as small a stroller as possible.

There are hundreds of restaurants in Cambridge, and Harvard Square is just a 6-8 minute walk. www.harvardsquare.com. There are several student eateries near by..but no restaurant in the museum itself. There are picnic tables outside where you could eat your lunch, and in the summer, on Tuesday afternoons, the Farmers Market is just 100 yards away.

There are often free lectures by scientists and authors..so check out the program schedule on the museum's website. On weekends and Wednesday afternoons, volunteers are in the galleries with real specimens you can examine close up. Groups can also make reservations for guided tours of the world famous Blaschka Glass Flowers on display at the museum.

The museum shop contains books, toys, jewelry, fossils, gems and minerals..not to mention great t-shirts and souvenirs for kids. Natural history themed ties are also popular.

Check the website education resource pages for the many classes and labs offered for student groups visiting the museum.

There is a baby changing table in the ladies room.
Even toddlers love exploring the 500 animals on display. Strollers are allowed, but please bring as small a stroller as possible.

The Harvard Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons spring-fall, is just 150 yards from the museum entrance. Have a picnic with local tomatoes, strawberries.

You can come by T, or check out the Super Trolley Tours of Cambridge from the Cambridgeside Galleria, where parking is just $4/day.

General admission gives access to all exhibits including the internationally acclaimed Glass Flowers Gallery

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