The Harvard Museum of Natural History originated just over ten years ago, as the result of a merge between the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum. Located amidst the majestic buildings of the world-famous Ivy League university, this museum truly highlights any visit to fun, historic Harvard Square.
The Comparative Zoology and Herbaria sections were founded in the mid 1800s, while the Mineralogical and Geological section is much older--around since 1784. Still, they unify under one goal: to establish unparalleled collections to research, teach, and understand our natural world. With a user-friendly layout, the appropriately categorized exhibits allow you to wander as you please. The Mineral, Gem, and Meteorite room showcases tons of geological beauties, including a sparkly amethyst geode weighing around three quarters of a ton. The Hall of Mammals contains the oldest set of exhibits, complete with full-size skeletons of giraffes, humans, and whales, to name a few. For a one-of-a-kind museum experience, check out the Glass Flowers room for exquisite glass plants and flowers, crafted accurately in Germany between 1887 and 1936. Visitors often come to indulge in the beauty of the permanent exhibits, and to check out temporary exhibits and other opportunities. The museum stays true to its roots in education, holding frequent lectures, classes, family programs, and informational videos.
- 9am to 5pm daily
- Adults: $9
- Non-Harvard Students with I.D. and Seniors: $7
- Children ages 3–18: $6
- Members: Free
- Subway Stop:
- Red line to the Harvard Square stop
- Location: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
- Phone: 617-495-3045
- Website: www.hmnh.harvard.edu