Smart See, Smart Do: Harvard University

The Harvard Museum of Natural History lives up to the university’s name.

Harvard University is a collegiate powerhouse revered for its prestigious academics, its rich history, and its storied location. When you plan your visit to Cambridge, Massachusetts, include one place that embodies all three: The Harvard Museum of Natural History, at 26 Oxford Street.

The Great Mammoth at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Great Mammal Hall sperm whale, view from balcony at Harvard Museum of Natural History,
photo by Adam Blanchette

Home to 12,000 specimens, including dinosaurs, 500 mammals, the largest freshwater turtle shell, and the world’s only mounted Kronosaurus, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is ranked number one on TripAdvisor for Cambridge and is one of six top CityPass attractions for Boston. The museum is located across the street from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Law, just a 6-8 minute walk through the historic campus from Harvard Square. It is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 361 days a year. While you’re there, be sure to check out the newly renovated Great Mammal Hall, which features three truly mammoth whale skeletons.

Another must-see: The Glass Flowers, more than 3,000 models created by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka over a period of five decades beginning in 1886. The models are known for their beauty and botanical accuracy. Learn more about the museum at

To learn more about Harvard’s striking campus, history, and academic rigor, contact an admissions counselor Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (617) 495-1551. To schedule a visit, check out the visitor information page, although no registration is required for groups of 20 or fewer.

Harvard Admissions Visitor Center
5 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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McGinnis is a freelance writer and student at Liberty University.  Val
will graduate in 2011 with a degree in English. Smart
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