One of the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) is a public museum for three affiliated research museums—the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum—that displays 11,000 specimens drawn from the University’s vast collections in new and changing multimedia exhibitions. Explore dinosaurs, rare gems and minerals, hundreds of mammals, birds, and more. Highlights include Harvard’s famed Blaschka Glass Flowers and Sea Creatures in Glass, New England Forests in the Zofnass Gallery and Marine Life in the Putnam Gallery. The museum’s historic Great Mammal Hall displays three huge whale skeletons suspended from the ceiling above bison and a 15-foot tall giraffe. Explore a timeline of our planet’s history, as well as some 3,000 rare minerals and gemstones in the Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 361 days a year.

All Harvard museums are free to current Harvard ID holders and one guest. For HMNH, extra discounted tickets for the whole family are available at Outings and Innings—but the ID holder and a guest can always come free.