Over their fifty years creating the Glass Flowers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, father and son, continually experimented with materials and methods that pushed the boundaries of glassworking. Years later, their complex and varied practices presented unique challenges for the conservators preserving and protecting the models, which led to a suite of conservation processes nearly as varied as the Blaschka’s techniques. From the Hands of the Makers explores what it takes to both make and conserve a model and investigates the lingering mysteries surrounding the making of the glass flowers—closely held secrets that only modern technology can reveal.
This member organization reopened to the public on November 26, 2021. Make your reservation here: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/visit.
Visit the Harvard’s Glass Flowers, find your birthstone gem in our expansive mineral gallery, see large Tigers, and view dinosaurs in the paleontology gallery, including the first Triceratops skull ever discovered.
The Great Mammal Hall features a giraffe, zebra, sloths, lemurs, and six whales hanging from the ceiling. Recently added permanent exhibits include The Rockefeller Beetles, Sea Creatures in Glass Evolution, Climate Change, and Marine Life. All exhibits draw from Harvard University collections and reflect the most current scientific research.
Just an eight-minute walk from the Harvard Square T Station through Harvard Yard, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is the university’s most-visited museum and a popular destination for travelers from around the world. Visit hmnh.harvard.edu for information on parking, special exhibitions, free lectures, special events, family days, and museum classes. For group visits, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-495-2341.
Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History includes the Peabody Museum
Non-Harvard students with I.D.: $10.00
Seniors (65+): $13.00
Children ages 3–18: $10.00
Children under 3: Free
EBT card holders: Free**
Harvard students: Free**
Massachusetts residents with ID: Free**
**Wed. 3-5 p.m. (September – May), and Sundays (9-noon, year-round). Must have valid proof of residency.
9am-5pm Daily. Closed on January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 24–25.