If you’re visiting Cambridge, Massachusetts, your trip is incomplete without stepping onto Harvard’s campus, which feels like taking a trip back in time. If you’re looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, or even a full day, go to Harvard’s Museum of Natural History.
The crown jewel of this museum is the Ware Collection of Blaschka’s Glass Models of Plants, otherwise known as the “Glass Flowers.” The flowers were commissioned by ladies of Boston society in the late 1800s as a gift to Harvard’s botany department, and created by a German father and son team, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, whose family’s lineage included glassmakers and jewelers dating back to the fifteenth century. These replicas, including enlargements of flower and plant details, are so incredibly life-like, the artistry of the Blaschkas is stunning.
Other museum highlights include:
A saber-toothed cat!
Gallery of rare minerals and meteorites
An observation beehive
Displays of 500 current day mammals, including whales!
Sea creatures in glass (also created by the Blaschkas)
Prehistoric fossils, including a velociraptor