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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
Harvard student well trained as a school guide.
Our guide, Roddy, was fantastic and conveyed a huge amount of information without notes and has a good perspective and sense of humor.
Jesse_T, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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Fall trip to Harvard
Kristi_L, Nov 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Got to see a lot of wild Turkeys roaming the campus - thought they were gearing up for Thanksgiving but our tour guide told us when campus was closed for COVID the turkeys came to Harvard. Beautiful campus especially in fall
star-5
Worth the Price and Learned So Much!
Lady_Pentel, Sep 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
This was a terrific tour. Cynthia, a senior, was our tour guide. She made it clear that due to COVID, the tour would walk the perimeter of campus but after the tour, individuals can wander the campus. Cynthia did an excellent job. The pace was great. We then wandered around campus on our own and my husband and I discussed what we had learned.
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History of Hahvahd!!!
Maria_B, Nov 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Ashley, a Junior student at Hahvahd, was a terrific guide. Just the idea of someone walking backwards while talking so you can here her was amazing. She went into details on each of the stops and was able to answer any questions we had. We highly recommend this tour to get a history lesson on Harvard University. Well done!!!
star-4
Great tour but soaked
Nova_B, Aug 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Although there were parts limited because of COVID, it was nice to be able to see the different houses and parts of school. The only thing was that it was raining very hard so most of my experience was making sure I didn’t step into a puddle to get myself even more soaked. I’m sure if the tour happened on a better day, my experience would have been better.
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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!
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Go, you will not regret it!
Carli_H, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Ben our guide was great! Despite not being able to take us through the Campus due to Covid restrictions he made the tour fun and informative. Lots of great anecdotes and stories about the history of Harvard and his own personal experiences. Could not recommend more highly!
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Harvard experience
Nelofer_H, Nov 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Overall trip was very informative and kept us on the focus. Questions were answered with add on information. Really appreciate how over time diversity has been embraced here. Two areas for improvement can be: 1. Few minutes to be given at each spot for taking pictures 2. There should be washroom facility by university for touring guests.
star-5
Great tour. Worth checking out.
AndrewObrien, Oct 2021
Haunted Harvard Square Ghost Tour
This was a great tour. Nathaniel was a great tour guide despite some hecklers in the front row and a homeless guy telling him to STFU. The stories were amazing and his presentation was as well. Nathaniel knew his stuff and made it fun.
star-5
Fab tour
Howard_C, Nov 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. He made the tour really fun and had a great personality. Would definitely recommend this tour.
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Great tour!
Karin_G, Nov 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
What a great tour and lots of historic facts and funny stories. Derrek was the best guide you can imagine . Proud and enthousiastic and funny. Would recommend the tour to anyone
star-4
I was happy to join the...
KyoJin_L, Oct 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
I was happy to join the Harvard University tour and it was a great time to be there with my family. The lady guider in senior grade at Harvard University was very passionate, well prepared, and answered all our questions very well. The only thing that missed my expectation was that it would be better if I had a chance to see the inside of Harvard, for example, a library, classrooms, and so forth.
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Harvard campus tour
Cristina_S, Nov 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
The tour guide was very nice, charismatic, professional and informative. We greatly enjoyed the 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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