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Harvard Museum Of Natural History

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Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard’s vast research collections at the University’s most visited museum – dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and hundreds of animals around the globe.

See the world’s only mounted Kronosaurus, a 42 ft-long marine reptile; one of the first Triceratops ever discovered; a 1,642 lb. amethyst geode; whale skeletons.

Do not 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. Current exhibitions include New England Forests, Language of Color, & Mollusks.

The museum is on the Harvard University campus, just a short, 7-10 minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T station, 15 minutes from downtown Boston.

Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 361 days/year. Handicapped accessible.

Explore the museum’s website for parking info, new exhibitions, lectures, classes for all ages, year round

History

Established in 1998.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History was created as the public museum of the University’s three natural history research institutions – the Mineralogical and Geological Museum; the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Harvard University Herbaria (which used to be called the Botanical Museum.)

The University has over 21 million specimens in the research institutions’ collections, and some 12,000 of the most fascinating are displayed in 17 galleries open to the public at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

 

 

Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel.: 617-495-3045
URL: hmnh.harvard.edu


Hours
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Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.