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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
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My high school freshman...
My high school freshman and I were visiting a relative in NH and decided to take this tour. We loved it! Pri was excellent!!!!
Carla_N, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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My high school freshman...
Carla_N, Jun 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
My high school freshman and I were visiting a relative in NH and decided to take this tour. We loved it! Pri was excellent!!!!
star-5
Super!!
Karen_L, Jun 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
The tour guide was entertaining and informative!! His presentation was appropriate for adults and children which made it nice for our group.
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Historic buildings
Tricia_D, Jun 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Learning about the History of the campus. Our guide was patient and allowed us time to take pictures and capture the moment
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Fantastic and inspirational for upcoming students!
bishakha_m, Jun 2022
Combo Ticket for Harvard and MIT Walking Tours
Amazing to hear from students about their experience… that makes it come alive! Some of the historical fun facts made the experience more fun!
star-5
Worth the money!
Ellie_P, Jun 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Brandon was a great tour guide with a wealth of information given to us in a fun, charismatic way. Highly recommend this tour!
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Little know facts and stories about Harvard
Mark_K, Jun 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
As an alumn I was interested in the stories and other information I wasn’t aware of about Harvard history and the buildings
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Hahvard Insider!
K_J, May 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Christian, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and witty. He provided a wealth of historical and insider information about Harvard University. The pace with which he led us in and around the campus and surrounding points of interest was just right. We also noted that he knew many folks who greeted him along the way, which gave us a good impression of the school culture. I would recommend this tour and this tour guide specifically. We ended with a solid base of Hahvard insights.
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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.
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Student Life
Steve_L, Jun 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
The guides personal stories re life as a student at Harvard were interesting and helpful for my two grandsons.
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We had a good time...
Susan_F, Jun 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
We had a good time hearing about the history and fun facts from our tour guide. Our guide was entertaining and personable. Cheers to him!
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The tour guide Marcus was...
Angela_K, Jun 2022
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
The tour guide Marcus was so entertaining. He was awesome and very funny. I really can recommend the tour.
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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!!!
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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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