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Harvard University

1350 Massachusetts ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-9400
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #7 of 47 attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious universities. Among the... more » Owner description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious universities. Among the illustrious alumni are civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois, philosopher Henry David Thoreau, writer Gertrude Stein, composer Leonard Bernstein, cellist Yo Yo Ma and seven U.S. presidents. « less
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Canmore, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Some parts fo the campus are under reno at the moment - suggest an evening visit when crowds are low

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

And just take in how many notable people have walked these same steps. Seaver hall has a very cool whispering brick archway where you can hear what people whisper from the other side of the arch. I think it was Seaver. I know it started w an S. Beautiful architecture.

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Richardson, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you haven't seen it, then you have to visit. Just be aware that just looking at the buildings isn't that great. It's really not that picturesque a school. Buildings are very old, and guess what, they look very old. Take a tour to get some insight, or visit the museums, etc. Lots of tourists wandering through, so lots of... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

One of the best university in the world. Always want to check it out. Old and full of historical buildings. Make you feel smarter even just to be there.

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Belle River, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide Laura did a great job. As a student attending the university she was able to give a first hand experience of the school. Although the tours are free of charge they only permit 35 people per tour. We got there ~ 0950 and the 1000 tour was full. You can get tickets an hour before the next... More

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Mexicali, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There are so many good harvard stories, it is completely worth it to stick around and take a guided tour. Food is cheap and delicious!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We got our smarts on when we visited Harvard. We touched his John Harvard's shoe for good luck, walked around the campus and the town and felt pretty awesome doing so. Great shops, beautiful surrounds. Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

While ar Harvard, take time for a great lunch at Broadway Marketplace. Excellent fresh food to eat, takeway or picnic!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

The buildings and garden on the campus are amazing, I really enjoyed my visit there. I took the guided tour, because I wanted to know a bit more about Harvard history and it was awesome, our tour guide was Samantha, she was really nice, had very interesting facts and some pretty funny histories too. Definitely kept the group interested. Totally... More

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Even if you don't go to school here, this is a great place to just hang around. Harvard Yard is a place i can sit for hours. There is free wifi and loads of people watching. Try to catch one of the passing tours...they are all so funny!

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