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Harvard Museum of Natural History
Explore the University’s most visited museum: dinosaurs, meteorites, rare minerals and hundreds of animals. Get close to the world’s only mounted Kronosaurus, a 42-foot-long marine reptile; a 1,642-pound amethyst geode; whale skeletons. Don’t miss the famous exhibit of 3,000 Glass Flowers.
26 Oxford St.
10-minute walk from Harvard Square
Open daily, 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
General admission to all permanent and special exhibits, as well as special programs at this highly acclaimed natural history museum. Also included is admission to the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main visitor services admission desk. If a line develops, additional staff will be brought in to assist you.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Climate Change: Our Global Experiment
It's an insider's look at the science of climate developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Climate Change highlights the latest scientific studies about the Earth's climate.
Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm
Through February 28, 2014
Mollusks explores the amazing diversity and history of mollusks—snails, clams, squid and other invertebrates that comprise almost a quarter of all known marine species. Featuring the research of Professor Gonzalo Giribet, colleagues and students at Harvard University, and the Dept. of Malacology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, this exhibition will engage the general public in mollusk evolution, ecology, and the many ways in which their lives intersect with ours.
The Language of Color
Through October 31, 2013
Whether it’s the brilliant blue wings of a butterfly, the scarlet feathers of a tanager, or the stripes of a zebra, animals display color in vastly different ways and for different reasons. Combining dramatic specimens with video presentations, computer interactives, hands-on activities, and a stunning display of live dart frogs, The Language of Color will help visitors understand the nature of color and pattern, how different animals "see" it, and how animal color and its perception have co-evolved to produce the complex and diverse palette of colors we see in the world today.
Advice for Visitors
- Don't miss a close encounter with the toothed jaw of the Sperm Whale on the balcony of the Great Mammal Hall.
- Harvard Square offers an array of opportunities for dining, shopping, films, or performing arts for all interests and budgets. Make a day of it. see details
- Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History also admits visitors to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
- Save 20% at the Museum Gift Shop on purchases of $50 or more (not including sale merchandise). See booklet for details.
Parking: University garage adjacent to the museum available by advance reservation online, see details. Harvard Square parking is limited; MBTA public transportation recommended.
Dining: Restaurants in nearby Harvard Square
Accessibility: Elevators access the 3rd floor galleries via the (north) side entrance of the building at 26 Oxford Street.
Gift Shop: Museum Shop
Photography: Personal photography permitted; no tripods, commercial photography, or video cameras.
Strollers: Permitted; small, folding strollers advised. Stroller parking area at Oxford Street entrance, see details
MBTA: Red Line T to Harvard Square. Walk through historic Harvard Yard turning left at John Harvard statue, past Science Center, down Oxford Street 200 yards to museum on right.
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 12 (nearest)
Groups of 10 or more: Call (617) 495-2341.
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