University Museum (Harvard University)

The University Museum is a historic building that houses several museums belonging to Harvard University. The building is located at 24-28 Oxford Street and 11-25 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It houses both the Harvard Museum of Natural History at 26 Oxford Street, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at 11 Divinity Avenue, as well as several departments of Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum.

University Museum
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Harvard Museum of Natural History, located in the building complex
University Museum (Harvard University) is located in Massachusetts
University Museum (Harvard University)
University Museum (Harvard University) is located in the United States
University Museum (Harvard University)
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°22′42.5″N 71°6′55.9″W / 42.378472°N 71.115528°W / 42.378472; -71.115528Coordinates: 42°22′42.5″N 71°6′55.9″W / 42.378472°N 71.115528°W / 42.378472; -71.115528
ArchitectGreenough & Snell
Architectural styleRenaissance
MPSCambridge MRA
NRHP reference No.86002081[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 12, 1986

The building is a large U-shaped brick structure, six stories high, whose oldest portion dates to 1859. This section was built to house the Museum of Comparative Zoology; it was added onto in 1876 to provide space for the Peabody Museum, and was expanded several other times between then and 1913. The building is basically Italian Renaissance in its styling.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for University Museum". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-24.