Cambridge is the fifth largest city in the state of Massachusetts. It is also the home to two to two of the most prominent universities in the world, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When you are visiting Cambridge, Massachusetts, don’t forget to check out Harvard Museum of Natural History. It is a natural history museum located at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge. It displays specimens from the collections of Harvard's three research museums: the Harvard University Herbaria, the Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Harvard Mineralogical Museum. As you stroll through the museum you will encounter its permanent galleries that display rich and diverse life on earth such as dinosaurs, fossil invertebrates, reptiles, large mammals, birds and fish among others. The mineralogical galleries display some 5,000 meteorites, minerals and gemstones including a 1,642 lb. amethyst geode. Galleries also showcase more than 12,000 specimens including the renowned collection of 3,000 Glass Flowers, Blaschka glass models of flowering plants used to teach botany to students in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition permanent collection, a large number of changing exhibitions bring focus to new research at the University. The museum also offers various hands-on educational programs throughout the year. While you there, you can also go to connected Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Founded in 1866, it is one of the oldest and largest museums focusing on anthropological material specially on ethnography and archaeology.
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There are plenty of popular places to visit when you are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Many people visit Harvard University campus, America's oldest institute of higher learning and an Ivy League research university, located in Cambridge. The university’s 210-acre main campus includes Harvard Yard, a grassy area of about 25 acres that constitutes the center of the campus and Harvard Square, a large triangular area functions as a commercial center for Harvard students. You can also visit campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, one of the leading science and technology institutes in the world. It is located on the banks of the Charles River. The 168-acre campus includes many modern buildings designed by various famous architects. If you are more interested into performing arts then you should visit Sanders Theatre. It is the premiere lecture and concert hall located at Harvard University. The theater is internationally known for its superior acoustics. The building was designed to serve as an academic theater with classrooms as well as a dining hall for commencement dinners. The theater design was inspired by Christopher Wren's Sheldonian Theatre at Oxford, England. This 1,166 seat theatre offers a unique and intimate 180 degree design which provides unusual proximity to the stage. It has three tiers of seating: the orchestra, the mezzanine and the balcony. The exterior of the building include busts of seven great orators: Demosthenes, Cicero, John Chrysostom, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, Edmund Burke and Daniel Webster.