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Address: 1350 Massachusetts ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617-495-9400
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning...
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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Memorial Hall/Sanders Theater is Handsome but Also Deeply Touching

We have been attending concerts at Sanders for 45 years; it is our favorite intimate concert hall in Boston. Its major negative is the discomfort of the too shallow/ crowded bench... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We have been attending concerts at Sanders for 45 years; it is our favorite intimate concert hall in Boston. Its major negative is the discomfort of the too shallow/ crowded bench seating, (and the [basement level] bathrooms are reached down long steep stairways) but the rich beauty of the interior design, wood panelling and the stained glass windows and carved... More 

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Durant, Oklahoma
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We took a group of top students to a Harvard invitational event. The representatives of Harvard were not welcoming. As a matter of fact, they were rude. There were no places for our students to sit. It was in the middle of a snowstorm and people were coming in and out of the building covered in snow. With no where... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

like the buildings and atmosphere of the campus, worth to take a walk and look around the best university.

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Porthcawl, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Attending a week long course set in the Harvard Law School I was able to pretend that I was a student in the Paper Chase. exactly how I pictured it.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It really is a stunning place to visit, so big and the buildings are fabulous. Very interesting. You can get walking tours around it but I preferred to wander around at my own pace. An absolute must if visiting Boston

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Kirchberg, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Do give yourself an extra day to explore campus, the utterly fabulous bookstores and the surrounding city.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This was an interesting place to walk around, but is spread over a HUGE area.You cant access most libraries etc without being a student there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Check out Harvard's Arts Festival, usually held the first few days of May. What an amazing experience! Harvard students studying music, present dance, vocal, stage and instrumental performances in at least twelve different venues, including Harvard Yard, Memorial Church, and Sanders Theatre. It's a feast for the senses, and an opportunity to visit historic buildings. This all takes place in... More 

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Seriously the best part about Harvard was the architecture and feeling nerdy but the architecture for sure. The buildings are beautiful!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Easy access by public transportation (parking may be more challenging). Lovely, historical campus that will make you take tons of pictures. Lots of museums, restaurants, shopping in the surrounding area.

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