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Mission: With a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, the Harvard Museum of Natural History draws on the University's vast collections and cutting edge research to present a historic and interdisciplinary exploration of science and nature. More than a quarter million visitors annually make it the University's most-visited museum. The museum is one of the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culure.

Target demographics: 40,000 school children per year come in group visits for natural history education programs and self-guided visits.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250,000 visit museum exhibitions, attend classes, programs and free public lectures

Geographic areas served: Boston, Massachusetts, New England, National

Programs: Exhibitions across many areas of natural history, access to Harvard University speakers and programs.

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1 Perla N.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This is a terrific museum that will please everyone in your family. There's dinosaur bones, an enormous beetle collection, and plenty of large stuffed animals. And yet it's pretty compact so your kids aren't exhausted from having to walk around a huge museum. Informative explanations, easy coat/bag check, and it's very close to Harvard yard.


Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a hidden treasure on the Harvard campus, just a short walk from Harvard Square...many new exhibitions with fascinating explanations of Evolution, how animals communicate with color, meteorites..even a great gallery on insects, crustaceans. My favorites are still the amazing 19th c. galleries with hundreds of animals..and of course the dinosaurs (including a triceratops skull) and the huge 42 foot Kronosaurus.