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Harvard University

1350 Massachusetts ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-9400
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Ranked #6 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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238 reviews 238 reviews
99 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Visited with Daniel Berger-Jones, a local history guide, as our guide. What a contribution he made to our understanding of the place. It has a fascinating history but little is apparent to the casual visitor, but with a guide it comes to life!

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Easy to get to, we decided to visit Harvard with some time to kill in Boston. It was a great diversion, as it is a beautiful campus with some very nice sights. There are lots of places to get some nice photos, and the area around the campus is a typical college-type atmosphere. We did not take a formal tour,... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

If you could thru osmosis gain knowledge, my brain would explode. Take lots of pictures, take your time.

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toronto, ontario
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

What to say?? The grounds are absolutely gorgeous! Loved spending the day here and walking through the whole campus.....visiting the bookstore....entering a few buildings.....Harvard square...meeting students...the whole experience was great! (And yes I bought Harvard jogging pants!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I had a great time touring around the campus. I started with the free campus tour and them walked around on my own. A student provided the tour. And it was great to get some insight on student life on campus.

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Oxford, Mississippi
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Easy trip on the "T" and when you go up the steps, you are at the gates of the campus. Get a campus map and start walking. Lots of people were doing a student led tour but we did our own thing. You can go in the basement of the Science Research Bldg. To find a restroom. We also walked... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This tour give you a fascinating look at life at Harvard University. Tour guide and Harvard student Alexis possesses an extraordinarily dynamic personality that constantly held our attention. Learn about the many luminaries that resided in their dorms right here before going on to great fame and fortune by changing the world! Learn about the Harvard primal scream and little... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We had only about 5 hours to explore the Peabody museum, and we could have spent a couple of days. The exhibit of hand-made glass flowers was like nothing anywhere else in the world, and the rocks and minerals exhibit was gorgeous.

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Montreal, Canada
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30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Lovely way to see the campus and hear a little bit about the history of Harvard. It's a great idea to have students run the tour. The random anecdotes were enlightening. It's not easy to simultaneously please parents who are college shopping with their teenagers and tourists who just want to be entertained. I think our tour guide did a... More

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Kenilworth, England
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It's a nice walk between the old campus buildings, but I wouldn't go much out of my way to see it. The surrounding town has a good range of eateries, some at student prices.

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