Harvard Museum of Natural History

Museum in Cambridge

This institution is famed for its botanical galleries, featuring some 3000 pieces of handblown glass flowers and plants. At the intersection of art and science, the collection of intricately crafted flora is pretty amazing. There is a smaller, complementary exhibit of Sea Creatures in Glass by the same artists. Nearby, the zoological galleries house an enormous number of stuffed animals and reassembled skeletons, as well as an impressive fossil collection. Other cool exhibits feature climate change, sparkling gemstones and arthropods (yes, cockroaches).

The price of admission includes entry into the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, which is in the same building.