Video: Gawk at the Harvard Museum’s gleaming glass flowers

05/25/2016 - Cambridge, MA - Harvard Museum of Natural History - Glass Flowers: The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants - This is a glass model of a bush poppy, cq, at the newly re-opened Ware Collection for Blaschka Glass Models of Plants at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Having reopened May 21 after closing November 2015, the exhibit's organizers are hoping that the glass flower's biggest revamp in over 100 years will dare a new generation to find a flaw in the as-yet flawless models. Topic: xxGlassFlowers(2). Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.
The glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. –Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is stuffed with animals past and present. With thousands of taxidermic and preserved animals in its halls, from common birds to now-extinct mammals, the museum teaches visitors so much about the planet’s creatures, without them needing to move a muscle.

And then there’s the glass flower exhibit, a collection of more than 4,000 near-perfect glass replicas of plants produced by a father-son glassworker duo from Germany. The mind-boggling accuracy of each gleaming piece ensures the flora holds its own with the fauna at the museum. In fact, viewing the flowers is no. 71 on our list of 150 things to see, hear, and experience full-throttle in Boston.


Museum executive director Jane Pickering took on a tour of the exhibits, showing a triceratops skull, a wriggling horseshoe crab, gleaming minerals, and much more.

Watch the full tour below. (The video may take a moment to load.)