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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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When you walk among the University buildings you can feel the history and the culture that this place contains. Worth a visit if you are in Boston

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

When you walk among the University buildings you can feel the history and the culture that this place contains. Worth a visit if you are in Boston

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you only have a short time to visit Harvard take the red line train from Boston city centre and get off at Harvard Square. The Hahvard tour guys are just outside the station when you arrive. A Harvard student will give you an amusing tour of the university and explain its history and culture for the grand sum of... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

An obscure, undeservedly pretentious university in the middle of an otherwise highly educated city with a proliferation of superior higher educational institutions. Sally's Pizza, the Harkness Tower Carillon, and Mory's are far too distant for this backwater to be a credible center of learning. Go Yale!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Easily reached from Central Boston on the red line T. It's fascinating to walk not only around the yard but down to the Charles River past the beautiful buildings that are the students and staff houses. There are a wonderful variety of places to eat and drink & spend a pleasant afternoon people watching!

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It was great to just walk around the campus of this institution...we were lucky that an alumni struck up a conversation with us...that led to an impromptu tour! Worth the time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent place, excellent school. The school campus is massive. Its like an entire community. It has its own police force and everything else you will need.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

You might have curiosity to visit the world most prestigious university. Don't forget to visit Harvard Yard and the statue of Harvard. The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments is interesting, but it is just opened on weekdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We independently toured the grounds. It is a beautiful campus, filled with history, and we felt quite welcomed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were walking around Harvard Sq. and my kids wanted to see the Harvard campus. I've walked through the yard many times, but never had taken a tour before. We bought tickets at the news stand in the square and went off for our tour. Our guide was a student named Cormac who was a rising Sophomore. This tour was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Let's revive an old debate. The Yard will look and feel much better if you put some caps on tour crowds and eliminate the spaghetti of asphalt walks. Students and tourists alike can follow rules. Pave some nice paths and ask people to use them. It will look better. It will save more grass. It will make people feel better... More 

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