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Harvard University
Harvard University

Harvard University

Free admission
1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

The Basics

The Harvard campus is full of historic buildings, museums, monuments, classic architecture, and scenic green spaces, and free hour-long campus tours led by students are available. You can also take a self-guided tour by downloading an app, which features a campus map that highlights important landmarks. Some all-day tours of Boston include a visit to Harvard, while others couple Harvard with a stop at MIT.

Head to Harvard Yard to see the iconic John Harvard Statue. Interestingly, some call it the “Statue of Three Lies” because John Harvard was not the founder of Harvard (he was a major donor), Harvard was not founded in 1638 (it was 1636), and the statue is not actually of John Harvard (the model for the statue was a man named Sherman Hoar).

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Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
star-4.5
$19.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour!
Kevin was very nice and told a lot of stories which made the tour super interesting. Even my 14 year old son enjoyed it and thought it was great.
Isabelle_E, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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Fantastic Experience
Patrick_S, May 2022
Public Tour of Harvard & MIT
Julia was fantastic! Terrific wealth of knowledge and great insider info! She was able to accommodate us based on our mobility restrictions and gave us an excellent, well put together tour we wouldn't have had otherwise.
star-5
Our tour guide, Cat, was...
Dianne_A, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Our tour guide, Cat, was terrific! So friendly, funny and knowledgeable. We learned so much as history buffs. Fantastic tour!
star-4
Awesome
Ludwick_L, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Our tour guide, Nebras, was awesome! It was amazing to see the buildings in the area. Nebras was friendly and fun to talk to.
star-5
Was worth it to hear...
Bangsil_L, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Was worth it to hear history of Harvard University from one of Harvard students.!! And more saw him a passion of the what he is studying and so is so professional guide!!!
star-5
Amazing visit
Lucilla_G, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
The guide was really nice, explaining everything, she was friendly and replaying to all questions. I had a good time
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Stand up Molly, a great guide
Ian_L, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Molly was a great guide , explained the history so well, despite the noise of the building works - a great tour
star-5
The perfect tour of the nation’s premier institution of higher learning
HOWARD_H, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
I had the British exchange student Molly as guide. She was absolutely wonderful. She was so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic! And she was so good walking backwards! I’m so glad she was my guide!!
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100% recommend
Hilarin_S, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Fantastic tour; Christian was so excellent at explaining everything we needed to know and so patient in responding to all our questions.
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College tour
Gabriela_G, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Molly a student from the UK was a great guide, with a lot of knowledge and a special touch of kindness.
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A Must
Diana, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
I’m so glad I did this tour. Otherwise I would’ve been walking around a beautiful campus, not knowing what I was looking at. I learned so much about Harvard, and our guide was great. So much history and fun facts. I highly recommend taking the tour.
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Spooky ghost tour in Harvard Sq.
Matthew_N, Oct 2021
Haunted Harvard Square Ghost Tour
Sam Jones was our tour guide and he was amazing. He was a fantastic story teller and brought all of the stories to life all around Harvard square and will make me think of the city in a totally different light going forward!
star-5
Awesome!
Marcela_C, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
This was an incredible tour! Molly, our tour guide, was charming and funny. She gave tons of interesting information about Harvard. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Harvard is a must-visit for art lovers and those interested in science for its many worthwhile museums.

  • Student-led tours begin at the Harvard Information Center in the Holyoke Center Arcade.

  • A wheelchair is available on a first-come, first-served basis for tours; you can book it a week in advance.

  • There are no guided tours on Sundays.

  • Visitors should not hold cameras up to dorm rooms or classroom windows.

  • The surrounding Harvard Square is filled with plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants.

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How to Get There

If you are traveling by car, depending on the direction, take Interstate 93 north to exit 26 or south to exit 26A. From Logan Airport, it’s about a 15-minute drive. Parking is very limited around Harvard Square. There are metered parking spaces, though they are usually full, and private garages. You can also hop on Boston’s subway, known as the T; the Harvard Square stop on the red line is located across the street from Harvard Yard.

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When to Get There

From June to October, you will encounter more tourists than students. So while the campus won’t be bustling with activity, it will be easier to navigate. During the fall, hotel rates drop and the area’s foliage makes it perhaps the most picturesque time to visit. Also, keep in mind that wintertime in Boston can be brutal, but this is when hotel prices are at their lowest.

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Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums consist of the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, each with its own collection and identity. The Fogg Museum is known for its Western paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, and more from the Middle Ages to the present. The Busch-Reisinger Museum focuses on art from central and northern Europe, particularly German-speaking countries, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum boasts works from Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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