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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!!!
Our tour guide was exceptional. I highly recommend taking this tour! It was very informative and look forward to visiting again.
Marta_P, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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.
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.
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.
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
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!
star-5
Library was great
Jonah_F, Oct 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
The view of the library after knowing the story of why it was built. The entire campus was great. The
star-5
Interesting!
Paula_D, Oct 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Really interested. Beautiful campus. The tour guide was really cute and fun. The buildings are beautiful and it looks like a really great place to go to school
star-5
A must do.
Mark_C, Oct 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Isa was really super. My daughter was easily able to identify with her. I think that made a huge difference. I grew up in and around Boston and still learned a ton about the school. Isa also had the best “dad jokes.”
star-5
Nice tour
Jorge_R, Oct 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Nice tour of Harvard guided by a Harvard student. Lots of walking and history. It would have been great if the tour would include entering some of the historic buildings.
star-5
Great tour
Heather_K, Oct 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Had a great time touring Harvard with my high school junior daughter. Ashley did a great job bringing the school and campus to life.
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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.
star-5
Fun, quirky, informative.
cecily_s, Oct 2021
Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
Even though it wasn’t an official Harvard tour, it sort of felt like one, the student guide gave us funny stories and insight as to the life of a Harvard student.

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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