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Harvard University

Harvard University

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698 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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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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Great but not in the grounds
Jenna_H, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Louie was very upbeat and made the tour fun- giving insightful information and mixing in jokes along the way. I loved that you get an ear piece to amplify what the tour guide is saying. I thought the tour would be more inside the Harvard grounds/buildings. Sadly, it is only the borders of Harvard square and access to none of the interiors of the campus.
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Great Experience
Katherine_R, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
It was such a great experience! Our tour guide (Louis) was so friendly, entertaining, and knowledgeable. He told us about the history of Harvard, about the architecture of many buildings, and some fun stories regarding some alumni. Great tour, absolutely worth doing!
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Fantastic Walking tour
Ashley_O, Jul 2021
Harvard Campus Cambridge Self-Guided Walking Tour
Learning about who lived in the dormitories at Harvard. As well as seeing the architecture of the campus.
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Harvard Walking Tour
Alexandra_G, Jun 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Fantastic experience! I really enjoyed getting a personalized look at Harvard University. The history was fascinating, and I had no idea how many influential individuals had gone. Thank you to the tour guide who was lively and entertaining. This was a real treat.
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Great tour
Angela_B, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Knowledgeable guide who provided interesting facts and amusing anecdotes throughout the tour. Good length of time, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
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Useful info
Veronika_C, Jun 2021
Harvard Campus Cambridge Self-Guided Walking Tour
Audio tour was easy to download and use on campus. Directions were easy to follow and stop/start when needed.
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Hahvad review
aruchaks, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Very informative. Louis was excellent ! We loved how intervowen the culture of Harvard was explained along with its history and the significance of the correlating architecture. The tour was very well done!
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Harvard walk
Paige_T, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Logan was a great tour guide! He taught us many things about Harvard It was a great experience for the family.
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Harvard tour
Giselle_D, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Marcus was AWESOME!!! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He had answer for all our questions. He even gave my son advice on how to apply.
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Cool Backstories!
Karen_B, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Really liked the anecdotes sprinkled throughout the tour. Our guide was great! Recommend. But annoyed that I need to keep adding to this review to meet requirement. Ugh.
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Great tour!
Charlotte_H, Jul 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Our tour guide Zoe was knowledgeable and entertaining. The manager Nathaniel was very responsive to us running late for the tour and worked hard to get us caught up with the group. Very nice company and I would definitely recommend!

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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