Harvard Museum of Natural History

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  • See the amazingly realistic Glass Flowers collection, with over 4,300 models on display representing more than 780 plant species. Don’t miss the new rotating exhibit Fruits in Decay, featuring detailed models of fruits in various stages of decay.
  • Find your birthstone gem in our expansive mineral gallery, featuring thousands of rare mineral specimens dating back to the beginning of our solar system.
  • Visit the Africa Gallery and see impressive mounted specimens of African wildlife collected over a century ago, including hippopotamus, lion, ostrich, hyena, gorilla, and a variety of rare animals from the island of Madagascar.
  • View dinosaurs in the paleontology gallery, including the first Triceratops skull ever discovered.
  • Explore recently added permanent exhibits including The Rockefeller Beetles, Sea Creatures in Glass Evolution, Climate Change, and Marine Life. All exhibits draw from Harvard University collections and reflect the most current scientific research.


26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
10-minute walk from Harvard Square
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Open daily, 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

(617) 495-3045


10% off Your Purchase: Save 10% at the Natural History Museum Shop on a purchase of $25 or more (not including sale merchandise).

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Advice for Visitors


  • Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History also admits visitors to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
  • Visit for information on parking, special exhibitions, free lectures, special events, family days, and museum classes.
  • The Great Mammal Hall features a giraffe, zebra, sloths, lemurs, and six whales hanging from the ceiling.
  • Harvard Square offers an array of opportunities for dining, shopping, films, or performing arts for all interests and budgets. Make a day of it.


  • Dining: Restaurants in nearby Harvard Square.
  • Gift Shops: The Shop at HMNH

Accessibility: The Harvard Museum of Natural History is dedicated to accessibility for all visitors. The museum’s galleries are located on the third floor. The museum's front entrance at 26 Oxford Street is not accessible. An accessible entrance is located on the left side of the building at the North Entrance.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.