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Harvard University

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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

Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher...

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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I had wonderful experience at Harvard. Harvard graduate experience stretches beyond its colleges. I had incredible education and experience at Harvard!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had wonderful experience at Harvard. Harvard graduate experience stretches beyond its colleges. I had incredible education and experience at Harvard!

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Germantown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They offer tours for free about every hour in the Smith center. There is no need to pay for the student tours by the news stand or the T. Our guide has helpful in explaining Harvard to us and we walked around for about an hour. We enjoyed it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If unfamiliar, sign up for the historical tour, available to general public. Also take a self-guided tour, and be sure to visit the museums on campus. A great walk through history and storied academia.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Harvard University was founded more than a century before the American Revolution. By now this most well endowed institution sprawls out over much of Cambridge and neighboring Boston. The architecture of the undergraduate campus is impressive. They house such fine institutions as the Museum of Natural History, which has a great collection. One irritant: the library is completely inaccessible without... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were at MIT for the splash program over the weekend and took the opportunity to go see the Harvard Campus and tour it. Nice experience, and helped my daughter get a better grasp of what awaits her since she has her mind set on attending this School.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

visit this place is an obligation when you're in Boston. Feel here climate science and American tradition

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just walking at the Harvard makes you feel smart. But be warn these place is a tourist magnet so there will lots of tourists on tours here at times. Come after 6pm if you want to enjoy the tranquility and feel as though you are a Harvard student yourself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to have a look at this, the most important place in Cambridge. Some fine buildings and a great atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally made it to Harvard!! A beautiful campus with more US history available to explore. Awesome architecture and gorgeous grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was such an enjoyable free activity! We began the morning by grabbing a quick breakfast at Peet's in Harvard Square. But we were disappointed that they don’t toast bagels. The day was a perfect, sunny, crisp fall day with lovely reds, yellows & golds just spilling from all the trees. You register for the tour up to half an... More 

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