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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; and whale skeletons. Don’t miss the famous exhibit of 3,000 Glass Flowers.
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.
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
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.
Final Flight: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon
Open through February 28, 2015
This exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, a species that once filled North America’s skies by the billions. In this small exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, see one of the world’s last mounted specimens of this now vanquished bird and learn how its extinction inspired the protection of other species.
Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller
Open through February 15, 2015
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau's The Maine Woods, the Harvard Museum of Natural History offers an exhibition of finely crafted photographic prints by photographer Scot Miller, who has traversed the state of Maine for years retracing the the footsteps of New England's native son, Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller features stunning photographs of many places that Thoreau explored and wrote about along with historical information and natural history specimens from Harvard's collections. The exhibition compliments the ongoing exhibition, New England Forests in the Zofnass Family Gallery.
Sea Creatures in Glass
Sea Creatures in Glass: Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates features recently restored hand-crafted glass models created by famed glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. From delicate jellyfish and anemones to tentacled squid and bizarre sea slugs, these spectacular models were purchased by Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and many have not been on display for decades.
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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