It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Boston, so I figured it was time to return and see what’s new. My last trip was pretty straight forward – since it was my first time visiting I did the Freedom Trail, visited the Boston Common and Public Garden, ate at Faneuil Market, toured the USS Constitution, and had a drink at the Beantown Pub. These are all amazing sights to see, there is a reason why they are so popular! If it’s your first time I would recommend checking out the popular attractions that interest you. On my second trip I was ready to head a bit more off the beaten path. I spent a lot of time in Cambridge and loved the more relaxed suburban, yet totally lively feel. Checking out the Harvard Museum of Natural History [26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138] was at the top of our list of things to do, it was so amazing!
I’ve been to the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan which is so huge it’s hard to see the whole thing. The Harvard museum is the perfect size. You can spend a whole day really scrutinizing each exhibit, or browse pausing at what really interests you and see the whole thing within two hours. With only a weekend in town we opted for just under two hours – perfect because that’s how much the meters across the street allowed us, PS they only take quarters so have some handy! The huge reason I wanted to come to the museum was to see the glass flowers exhibit. When I entered the room I had a hard time believing that all of these flowers were in fact made of glass and not real.
An absolutely amazing exhibit I will never forget, worth the price of admission alone ($10 for students, $12 for adults). Other than the intricate glass flowers, they had a small selection of jellyfish and anemone which were equally intriguing to me.
Don’t miss the real life hissing cockroaches! I loved how there were little environments with living bugs intermingled with the displays. One of the most exciting exhibits at the Manhattan museum is the dinosaur fossils. Harvard has that too!