It is said one of the better museums to tour is at Harvard. The natural history museum is on campus, and Harvard is NW of town in CAmbridge. I did not have time to visit, but the main feature is 3,000 glass flowers that look real. Cost is $9 and times are 9-5 daily
ACTUALLY, HARVARD IS IN CAMBRIDGE, which is next door to Boston, but let's not get picky, ok? Anyway it is a stunningly beautiful campus to visit. A stroll through the Harvard campus will surely lower your blood pressure after the hectic Boston streets (or subway or taxi) that got you there.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History has several permanent exhibits.
Arthropods section features hands on activities, specimen displays, and even live animals (scorpions and millipedes).
The Glass Flowers exhibit is one of the most famous treasures of HMNH. This unique collection of over 3000 models on display was created by father and son Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka. Can you tell if they're real or not?
The Zoological Galleries features examples of animals from prehistoric creatures to today's mammals, birds, and fish from around the world.
The Mineralogical and Geological Galleries include mineral collections and sparkling displays of gemstones in rough and cut examples. There is an impressive 1600 pound amethyst geode from Brazil on display. An assortment of meteorites from around the globe is also on display here.
Have you seen the biggest egg in the world in the Nests & Eggs exhibit?
The Peobody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is also in the same building. There are plenty of exhibits from different cultures in human history.
Harvard Square is actually on a triangle area and is a major MBTA subway stop & bus transfer station. It is also a commercial center and a popular hangout for locals. There is an old subway kiosk which houses Out of Town News that has newspapers from around the world.
Harvard University is one of the ivy league universities in America and where many politicians & famous personalities earned their degrees, including seven Presidents of the United States and fifty Nobel prize winners. It is also the oldest university in America having started in 1636 by the Massachusetts Legislature.
Visitors can visit the university grounds for free
The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library or The Widener Library is the main library in Harvard University. The library was named after Harry Elkins Widener who was a graduate, whose mother donated $3.5 million to built a library under his name after he died in the Titanic disaster.
Built in 1932, the Memorial Church is dedicated to the Harvard soldiers who died in the World Wars I & II. Names of graduates who died in the Korea & Vietnam wars are also written in marble within the church.
The church stands in Harvard Yard opposite Widener Library.
John Harvard was a clergyman and the principal donor of Harvard University. His statue was erected in front of the University Hall but in actual fact, this is not John Harvard's likeness which is partly why the statue is also referred to the "Statue of Three Lies".
Despite what the plaque says, "John Harvard, Founder, 1638",
1) John Harvard wasn't the founder but the the colonial government
2) The school started in 1636, not in 1638
3) There was no portrait of John Harvard so the statue was modeled after a Harvard student
Tourist will touch the statue's feet for good luck but rumor has it that some students have urinated on it!
Who never heard about Harvard university, this is on of the famoust universities in the world and one of the most popular destinations visited in Boston, take a walk in the campus and between its different buildings and don't forgot to see the John Harvard statue.
Harvard Yard is where Harvard University started. Located in Cambridge, Boston.
The Yard consists of many Georgian red brick buildings for Harvard Freshmen dormitories.
Harvard College was founded in 1636 by Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was named after its first benefactor, minister John Harvard of Charlestown who left his library of books and half his estate to this new educational institution that is now world famous.
The statue of John Harvard is often the symbol of attack and target of prankster and grafitti of drunken freshmen or rivals of Harvard of visiting football teams.
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