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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 #6 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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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were in the boston area for a RedSox game and decided to stop by Harvard and look around. It seemed like any other college town. The area was more tourist friendly than other areas and it seemed as though there were many more people doing what we were doing (looking around Harvard) than I expected. Glad... More

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NJ
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54 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit Harvard University & glad we did. We took the red line subway from our hotel. We were staying in Beacon Hill section & had a pleasant 10 min ride to the Harvard station. As you exit the train station to your right is a tour for $10 given by Harvard students. The tours start at 10:30... More

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Morrisville, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Took the Subway to Harvard and well what can one say.. It was Harvard. A must see if you are in Boston simply because it is the oldest university,the alumni, and the famous people that started there and then left.. The libraries are amazing. It is all Red as we learned that the color is Crimson in memory of the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

As a university student, I could not have been more disappointed in the Harvard campus. It lacked flow, the paths seemed to randomly go in any direction, other than three buildings, the rest looked the same, a very plain red brick. Not impressed at all. As the oldest school in America I would've expected a lot more to come from... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I loved my tour of Harvard. This is a free tour given by a student. It was an hour packed with information and insights on the history of Harvard & a sneak peak into life as a Harvard student. I loved it!

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Sydney, Australia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
19 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We walked through the grounds of Harvard University when we went to brunch at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. We were amazed at how beautiful the university grounds are. Some of the architecture is spectacular and the grounds are really pretty. Having only seen the universities in Sydney and some of the regional NSW universities back home, none of the Australian... More

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Syosset, NY
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Visited friend on Broadway in Cambridge. A short walk up Broadway past exquisite old New England Victorian Colonial homes, each bigger and more unique than the last, if that is possible, to arrive at Harvard itself. FInally took the time to wander the campus with its trees and unique buildings. What a pleasure.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We voted it a five because although there are many other beautiful college campuses in the world to see, well, it's Harvard. If nothing else, you should see it because it's....Harvard. Lots of places to eat and cool architecture in the area. Make sure to stop by the Natural History museum while there.

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Trinidad
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I did the paid tour of Harvard. The place is hugee and I thought it would be better to have a guided tour. My tour guide was Samantha and she was just great!! Our group was pretty big that day but Sam was able to engage everyone and boy did she have a loud voice! Lol! No way anyone could... More

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Montreal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

even for a quick visit. most of campus is under lock and key, the place has a keep out vibe. prefer MIT

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