Harvard Museum of Natural History

Here, you'll find three museums in one: Comparative Zoology, the Herbaria and the Mineralogical and Geological Museums — with everything from a 1,600-pound amethyst geode to a fossil of a 15-foot-long ground sloth. Harvard's most-visited attraction!
  • Adult gate price $12.00
  • Child gate price $8.00
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Explore 12,000 natural specimens from around the world, including dinosaurs, whale skeletons of epic proportions, and the tiniest insects imaginable! Behold one of the first Triceratops ever discovered and see the world's only mounted Kronosaurus, a 42 ft-long prehistoric marine reptile. Touch meteorites from outer space and be dazzled by thousands of minerals and gems, including a whopping 1,642-lb amethyst geode. The Harvard Natural History Museum is a veritable treasure trove of learning and exploration, and located at the campus of one of the most prestigious universities in the world, this is the place to come for a little enlightenment on your trip! Here’s a look at the permanent exhibits at HMNH:

  • Africa Gallery: See impressive mounted specimens of African wildlife including hippos, lions, ostrich, gorillas, hyena, as well as a collection of rare animals from Madagascar
  • Great Mammal Hall: Constructed in 1872, this hall features massive giraffes, antelope, bats, and skeletons of many of the world’s primates and mammals arranged in biologically-fascinating poses
  • Evolution: Examine fossil, anatomical, and genetic evidence that life is connected through a shared evolutionary history, including the animals and plants that once sparked Darwin’s curiosity
  • The Glass Flowers: See the world-renowned collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, including over 4,000 models by the glass artisan Blaschka and his son
  • The Zoological Galleries: Visit examples of animals from prehistory, including reptiles and dinosaurs, to today’s mammals

The Harvard Museum of Natural History also boasts an array of special exhibits highlighting diverse perspectives on the natural world, including: "Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm"; "New England Forests", on local forest wildlife and ecology; and “The Language of Color”, which examines the nature of color and pattern and how various animals perceive it.

HMNH exhibits its cutting-edge research and promotes the power of the museum to change the way visitors see and understand the world around them. The mantra of the Harvard Museum of Natural History is "look closer, dig deeper". More than 190,000 visitors pass through its halls each year, so be sure to take a trip to this museum when you visit Boston for a unique learning experience!

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Nice little museum
By Deb Verified Reviewer from Indianapolis on
Pros:
Good for older kidsteens
Cons:
Bit far from downtown
Best Uses:
Good for rainy day
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Harvard Museum of Natural History:

We went to see the university and had a hard time locating the museum. Our teenagers enjoyed it (connects to the Anthroplogy Museum) and it was a nice way to spend a couple hours. Worth it if you are already at Harvard for the day.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Wow, kids loved it!
By Love Boston! Verified Reviewer from Québec city, Canada on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Harvard Museum of Natural History:

Very interesting Museum. Great for a family or couples activity. A must when using the Boston Card. Great walking on the grounds as well, Harvard is georgous overall.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

An excellent specimen collection!
By A touring educator Verified Reviewer from Georgia on
Pros:
Small but packed full, Lots of specimens, Like visiting Smithsonian
Cons:
On second floor, Doesn't flow well,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Harvard Museum of Natural History:

Took a family of 4. Walked across the campus to find it tucked into a science building. Well worth the effort to go and see it. Found thousands of specimens, some endangered and extinct. Well preserved and identified. organized well, but has lots of turns and twists, easy to miss an aisle of things.

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Harvard Museum of Natural History Details

Phone: (617) 495-3045

Address
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Hours
Daily, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Closings
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Day
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Public Transportation
Take Red Line T to Harvard Square. Walk through Harvard Yard, past Science Center, 150 yards down Oxford Street. Harvard Museum of Natural History is the large brick building on right, 6-8 minute walk from Harvard Square.

Admission and Offer Information

Getting In

Please present your pass to any ticket taker for entry. Includes general admission to both the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology with Go Select.

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