Our natural world is overflowing with wonder, from the depths of the ocean to the outer layers of the atmosphere, and all the diverse ecosystems in between. The scientific community of Harvard University presents a vast collection of natural treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The institution promises the most comprehensive and stunning exhibits in New England, enlightening visitors with new perspectives on the world around us.
The museum is home to a long list of enlightening collections, featuring exhibits on African wildlife, microbial life, earth and planetary sciences, and many more. Bird lovers will enjoy the Birds of the World exhibit, with over 10,000 species cataloged. Those interested in pre-historic times will be fascinated by the Cenozoic displays, featuring the fossils of massive ancient mammals.
Among the museum’s most famous collections is the internationally-lauded Glass Flowers exhibit. These brilliantly detailed, unbelievably life-like glass pieces are the work of Czech artisans Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka. The father and son duo have meticulously crafted gorgeous and delicate recreations of various flora, now with a special collection devoted to rotten apples. Their artful handiwork shows that even spoiled fruit can be beautiful.
The Arthropods exhibit allows visitors to explore the world of insects and other crawling creatures through hands-on activities, vivid graphics, detailed displays, and even live specimens. Arthropods make up over 80% of all animal species on earth, so it pays to become better acquainted with these long-established residents.
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The museum was established in 1998 as the intersection of Harvard’s three natural research museum: the Harvard Herbaria, Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum. Through the unprecedented collection, the university hopes to expand the public understanding of our natural world and foster a greater appreciation for our own place in it.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the university’s most visited institution. More than 250,000 people visit the museum each year, with over 40,000 students attending for classes, plus a host of other scholars, tourists, and other minds hungry for knowledge. While you’re there, you can check out Harvard’s other museums of science and culture.
The museum is located at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children, with other rates available for students and seniors.
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