Harvard Museum of Natural History

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The University's most visited museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History displays some 12,000 specimens, including dinosaurs, rare minerals, hundreds of mammals, birds, and Harvard's world famous Blaschka 'Glass Flowers'. Don't miss seeing these 3,000 amazingly realistic models of plants, fruits and flowers hand-crafted by father-son glass artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1886-1936. You won't believe they're not real. The HMNH combines historic exhibits drawn from the University's vast collections with new and changing, multimedia exhibitions such as New England Forests, Language of Color, and Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm. Just a 7-10 minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line 'T' station. Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm, 361 days/year. Explore www.hmnh.harvard.edu for changing exhibitions, dozens of lectures, info on parking, directions, group rates and evening function rentals.

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  • The Glass Flowers at Harvard Museum of Natural History

    The Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants -- "The Glass Flowers" 3,000 amazingly realistic models of plants, flowers...

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    Tue, Dec 15, 2009 - Thu, Dec 31, 2015

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  • New England Forests Exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

    On Saturday, May 21, 2011 the Harvard Museum of Natural History opened the new Zofnass Family Gallery with the inaugural exhibition, New...

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    Sat, May 21, 2011 - Fri, Jun 5, 2015

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  • Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm

    Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm, a new exhibition opening February 18, 2012 at Harvard Museum of Natural History, will explore...

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    Sat, Feb 18, 2012 - Wed, Dec 31, 2014

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  • Renovated Fishes Exhibition Reopens June 2 at Harvard Museum of Natural History

    The historic Fishes Exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge reopens to the public on June 2, 2012 after...

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    Sat, Jun 2, 2012 - Wed, Sep 30, 2015

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  • New England Forests Exhibit

    A multi-media exhibition that explores the natural history and ecology of our regional forests, their responses to human activity, and...

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    Thu, Nov 8, 2012 - Fri, Jan 1, 2016

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  • Harvard's Glass Flowers

    3,000 amazingly realistic glass models of plants, flowers and fruits, painstakingly handcrafted from 1886 to 1936 by German glass artists, father and son...

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    Thu, Nov 8, 2012 - Fri, Jan 1, 2016

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  • Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller

    In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau's The Maine Woods, the Harvard Museum of...

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    Sat, Nov 16, 2013 - Mon, Sep 1, 2014

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  • Great Mammal Hall

    The Great Mammal Hall, a two-story gallery, some 60 feet long by 40 feet wide, is the oldest and most dramatic gallery...

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    Thu, Jan 2, 2014 - Thu, Dec 31, 2015

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  • Final Flight: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

    Final Flight: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon,...

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    Mon, Mar 3 - Wed, Dec 31, 2014

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  • The Legacy of Penobscot Canoes: A View from the River

    Native American birch bark canoes have often been described as the one of the greatest inventions in human history and...

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    Sat, Apr 12, 2014 - Sat, Apr 30, 2016

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  • A Short History of the Ten Commandments

    The Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Bible have become a focal point in contemporary culture wars. When and how, among...

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    Tue, Apr 22, 2014

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  • Between the Caves: Landscape Archaeology of the Paleolithic in the French Central Pyrenees

    Archaeologist and scholar Margaret Conkey has devoted over forty years to researching the caves and landscapes of southwestern Europe, with...

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    Tue, Apr 29, 2014

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  • The Extreme Life of the Sea

    Drawing on his newest book, The Extreme Life of the Sea, marine scientist Stephen Palumbi will explore spectacular life forms,...

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    Wed, May 7, 2014

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  • Volcanoes, Climate Change, and Modern Human Migrations across Africa

    Modern humans (Homo sapiens) originated in eastern Africa, but they expanded at the expense of Neanderthals and other ancient hominid...

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    Wed, May 7, 2014

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  • Shadows of Shangri La: Nepal in Photographs

    From the sacred temples and congested streets of Kathmandu to the remote mountain villages of the Karnali zone, photographer Kevin...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

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