Harvard Museum of Natural History: A Review

I recently attended Harvard’s Museum of Natural History located in Cambridge Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, and wanted to express how much I enjoyed the tour and what exhibits sparked my interest.

Plan ahead – if you’re one of those people that actually likes to scour every detail of an exhibit, it will take several hours to walk through the entirety of the museum on Harvard’s campus. I spent roughly 3-4 hours total with only 2 bathroom breaks. It is astonishing how much the museum packs into each exhibit! It is definitely worth the $15 admission.

The newest exhibit, “Swimming with Sharks”, shows the history, biology, and behaviors of these ocean creatures. At the start of the this section of the museum, and employee was giving demonstrations on actual samples of shark teeth and jaw bones.

An impressive combo of art and science was the glass flowers exhibit. The attention to detail on each and every stem and petal is worth marveling over. A set of glass sea creatures is also displayed near the shark exhibit.

Ware Collection For Blaschka Glass Models Of Plants. Photo: Getty Images

The most stunning exhibit would have to be the “Earth and Planetary Sciences Gallery”. I was in awe at the collection of gemstones and minerals in this section. Don’t forget to touch the real examples of meteorites and snap a photo by the 1,600 pound amethyst!

The museum is located at 26 Oxford St, in Cambridge Massachusetts. Hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Admission also gives you access to the connected Peabody Museum. If you’re a Massachusetts resident, you can view for free on Sundays!

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