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Address: Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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+1 617-495-3045

Originally called the "Museum of Vegetable Products" when it was...

Originally called the "Museum of Vegetable Products" when it was founded in 1858, today this museum focuses on the study of useful plants and economic botany.

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Awesome collection, collectively some of the great herbaria of the world

This place goes a long way back in American plant research. The collection of herbaria represent a lot of early collection in North America and the home of the Grey Index. It is... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2016
Alan B
Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

This place goes a long way back in American plant research. The collection of herbaria represent a lot of early collection in North America and the home of the Grey Index. It is not open to the public but does open occasionally. If you get the chance, check it out, it is a real treat.

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Reviewed 20 November 2015

Because I have always been involved with growing flowers, especially orchids, I have always wanted to see the glass flowers at Harvard. As a child, living near Harvard, friends often told my parents that they should take me to see the exhibit. It didn't happen until one fall, when I was visiting New England to enjoy the fall foliage, I... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

I had to check the link to make sure that the herbaria was the place you wanted reviewed. It is a quick look-see (unless you are studying botany) and quite amazing. One in a kind place and well worth seeing. The rest of the museum is excellent. We were there w an 8 year old. Small enough to really see... More 

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Reviewed 24 March 2013

There is some truly amazing stuff here - glass models of plants (that you wouldn't even guess what they are made of) and so much other stuff then in the natural history...

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Cambridge, MA
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Reviewed 2 December 2008

You won't believe that these glass models of flowers..over 3,000 on display..are made of glass. The 19th century glass artisans were unbelievably talented. Until March 2008, they have an exhibition of the marine creatures made by Leopold and Rudolph Blashka...jellyfish, anemomes, octupus...which they made before they were commissioned to create the Glass Flowers.. It's such a short walk from Harvard... More 

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