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Now on view!
Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals. The museum has just opened a permanent display of 60 models from the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s collection of 430 Blaschka invertebrate models. Along with Harvard’s Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants, these restored glass animals comprise the largest Blaschka collection on display in the world.


No visit to New England is complete without exploring the remarkable collection of Glass Flowers. The botanical models were created by the father and son team Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, nineteenth-century glass artisans who perfected their family craft. The commission began in 1887, continued for five decades, and represents more than 830 plant species. The museum recently installed several Blaschka models which have not been seen at Harvard for over a decade. See amazingly realistic models of apple and apricot plants illustrating some of the diseases affecting fruits of the Rosaceae family. Other newly installed models show bees enlarged to five inches to illustrate pollination techniques. 

THOREAU'S MAINE WOODS: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller

On view through February 2015
This special photographic exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau’s The Maine Woods. Exquisite prints by Scot Miller, who traversed Maine for years, retracing the footsteps of New England’s native son, accompany original text from Thoreau's essay collection.