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The glass bugs and diseased fruit

The Botanical Museum, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Diseased pear

This Harvard museum (formerly known as the Museum of Vegetable Products) is famous for its Glass Flowers - a collection of several thousand realistic glass reproductions of flowers and flower parts (you will never again see so many stamens in your life), all carefully handcrafted over 50 years by a father-son pair of Austrians. To get to the collection, you have to pass through a room with equally realistic glass reproductions of fruits suffering from various types of diseases (in particular, fungal growths) and big, hairy bugs with large stingers (which may explain why nobody wants to get near them with a duster). $5 admission.

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