Matt Emerson WBNL Boston Harvard Natural History MuseumThe Glass Flowers of the Harvard Museum of Natural History are a true mind blower. Yes – the plants that you see in this pic are made of glass! We wandered upon this exhibition but you should definitely put this jaw dropping display on your list of things to do on your next visit to Boston.

These incredibly detailed pieces were crafted by by father and son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka over a 5 decade period beginning in 1887. They were commissioned by George Goodale, founder of the Botanical Museum who wanted specimens for teaching botany. These botanical wonders are as fresh as the day they were made so they were perfect for this use. The collection was presented to Harvard on a permanent basis in 1834.

In total, there were more than 4000 models created representing more than 830 plant species.

NOTE – the main Glass Flower exhibit is currently under refurbishment and is scheduled to return in May of 2016. They do, however, have a special temporary display set up for you to see. Call for more details.

Great things happen if you let yourself Get Up, Get Out and Wander. Be forever Wandering But Not Lost.

Harvard Museum of Natural History