Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Harvard Museum of Natural History

This is going to be my longest post to date but I wanted to share my pictures of the museum and I couldn't bare to leave anything out.

The Mineralogical and Geological Gallery

There were thousands and the colors were incredibly inspiring! So much so that I took dozens of photographs that, if I'm smart, I'll pull for reference on future projects.

The Glass Flowers

All of the botanicals that you are seeing in the images above are made of glass. It took me a moment to wrap my head around this but they became unbelievable once I did. There is so much detail in each piece and together they were magical.

"One of the Museum’s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers." This unique collection of over 4,000 models—some 3,000 on display—was created by the glass artisans, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph. The commission began in 1886, continued for five decades, and represents more than 830 plant species."

The Zoological Galleries

My favorite exhibit by far filled with beautiful old cases and hundreds of interesting taxidermy. The colors in each display were absolutely gorgeous. The whole experience was wonderful and I urge Bostonians to take an afternoon to check it out.

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Cambridge, MA 02138


Dana Wynne said...

Oh to be a tourist in my own town! Didn't even this place existed! ;)

Lucinda said...

Who knew a monkey skeleton could be so dainty? Looks like such a fun afternoon.