Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

#9 in Best Things To Do in Cambridge, MA
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11 Divinity Ave.

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

This museum focuses on Native American and Central and South American cultures. Its collection includes more than 5,000 ancient Peruvian textiles and the largest surviving assemblage of artifacts acquired from Native American people during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Overall, the museum, which was founded in 1866, houses more than 1 million objects, making it one of the largest museums of cultural artifacts in the world. It spans the 10,000-year cultural history of six continents in its eight galleries. Highlights include full-size Native American totems, life-size casts of Maya monuments and a rare collection of West African masks.

Recent visitors said they were impressed with the museum, especially its collection of Native American artifacts. Reviewers also appreciated the two-for-one ticket that includes combined admission to the adjacent Harvard Museum of Natural History.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for major holidays. Admission costs $15 for adults and $10 for youths ages 3 to 18; kids 3 and younger enter for free. The museum is a 10-minute walk from the Harvard Square subway stop. Tickets include admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which is adjacent to the Peabody. Entrance fees are covered for visitors who purchased the Boston CityPASS or Go Boston Card. Limited metered parking is offered on the surrounding streets, though the museum strongly recommends arriving by public transportation. To find out more, visit the museum's website.

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Iconic Harvard Square, a bustling epicenter of Cambridge, is packed with quirky boutiques, bookstores, restaurants, cafes, bars, buskers and, of course, students from Harvard University, which borders one side of the square. No matter the time of day or night, there is always a lively atmosphere. Simply wandering around people-watching can be entertaining by itself.

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