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HMNH Great Mammal Hall

Harvard Museum of Natural History

The Harvard Museum of Natural History was established in 1998 as the public face of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, along with two other Harvard museums (Harvard University Herbaria, Mineralogical and Geological Museum).

The zoological specimens on public display are owned by the MCZ, representing a small fraction of the 21-million total specimens curated. In presenting the incomparable collections and research of the MCZ, and Harvard's other natural history museums, the HMNH has a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world.