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Harvard University

1350 Massachusetts ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-9400
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Boston Shore Excursion: Cambridge, Lexington and...
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Ranked #4 of 42 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Owner description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher...
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Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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 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.
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

If you're near Cambridge you just have to visit Harvard University. Actually, there's not so much to see there - the statue of Harvard and some buildings that were important in history but cannot be visited from the inside by tourists. But you should have been there.

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Bangkok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

It was not a perfect day to visit as Boston got heavy rain and so cold but the campus made my day. It's an amazing place for me, glad to see the campus, students, church.. So much stories to learn and to tell. I spent a half day, walk from main campus, cross the bridge to Harvard Business School, one... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I spent a week attending a program here, stayiong on campus. All of our meals were at Crimson Commons and I must say it may be the best cafeteria food I have ever had. I have 7 meals here and all were very good. I appreciate the effort put into having quality food, especially since we were captive (pre-paid meal)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went there and as we got off the bus we were greeted by a man whose name i think was Dan. He was running the free Harvard tours that afternoon and he was fantastic. Being a past student, he knew everything about the history, architecture and past students of the college. The College itself is fantastic. Great architecture and... More 

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Aspley Guise, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Spent half a day just wandering around the main site. Architecture is varied and splendid. Did a bit of shopping in the Harvard shop since my daughter requested a few authentic Harvard clothing items. One of the highlights of my visit to Boston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Harvard's campus is impressive as its scholastic record. The campus is huge, and filled with some amazing architecture both new and old.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great to spend the day strolling through Harvard's Gardens and then poking into Cambridge for some shopping and dining. We visited on our way up the coast and had a nice time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was a great tour of Harvard by my colleague who teaches there. It's surprising how much I recognised from watching so many American films that have used it as a location. American history isn't a long affair, but at a place like Harvard you get a sense of it, even on a chilly December day. Really great experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Visited Harvard on a recent trip to Boston. It was a short "T" trip via the red line, headed towards Alewife. The station name is "Harvard" and it brings you right to the famous Harvard Square. We joined a Student-Led Tour that departed from the Harvard Information Center, in the Smith Campus Center. It was a walking tour of adult... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We did the formal information session followed by the tour of Harvard because my son is considering attending there. The student who guided us was quite delightful and did not fit my image of a typical Harvard student at all. I was particularly impressed with the way she talked about the dorm living there and how students are matched with... More 

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