Last weekend, Chris & I took the boys the The Harvard Museum of Natural History (yes, THAT Harvard) because of a friends recommendation. I am so glad we listened because the museum was amazing and my boys LOVED it.
The museum was sort of split into two sections. One was filled with fossils & taxidermied animals. The other was the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery, which has thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones on display. Today, I am going to show you the pictures I took of the fossil & animal galleries. Why? Because I took SO many pictures that I didn’t want to overwhelm you all in one post.
We got there right when the museum opened and walked right into the EVOLUTION exhibit as soon as we got there, so we spent a while examining the fossils on display!
EVOLUTION invites visitors to examine the fossil, anatomical, and genetic evidence that all life is connected through a shared evolutionary history. View animals and plants that sparked Darwin’s theory, dramatic displays of diversity within species, and computer simulations that demonstrate how natural selection acts.
See a model of the 375-million-year-old fossilized remains of Tiktaalik roseae (see image below)—a fossil fish dubbed the “missing link” between fish and land animals—discovered in 2004 by a team of scientists in northern Canada.
EVOLUTION offers a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing evolution research at Harvard, from exciting new discoveries about human origins, to surprising insights from new genetic and developmental studies on Darwin’s finches.
We spent a lot of time walking around the Africa Gallery, the Fishes Gallery, the Great Mammal Hall and looking at the Arthropods!
I have to say, that I love it when we come interactive displays at museums and at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, there were several of them scattered around the building. I think they are a great way for people to be able to learn even more about the exhibits.
I couldn’t have been more impressed with this museum. Honestly, we could go back there every day and the exhibits would never get old. It’s a hidden gem and if you have never been there & live in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit. We will absolutely be going back. My boys LOVED it there.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge, MA. They are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Here’s how much the tickets will run you:
General admission (includes all exhibits):
Non-Harvard Students with I.D.: $10.00
Seniors (65+): $10.00
Children ages 3–18: $8.00
Children under 3: Free
But get this – the museum is FREE to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to noon and on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (September through May) – just be prepared to show your ID.
Check back tomorrow for some of the pictures I snapped in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery!