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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
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I have spent numerous times wanderng around Harvard. The nbatural history museum is very worthwhile to explore. Many interesting itmes to investigate. Be careful walking along the sidewalks, some need repairiing. If the opportunity allows, go to Sanders Hall, it is most beautiful inside. The walnute panels are in perfect condition, also in the entry hall, there are two stained... More 

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Upatoi, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

For me, the fact that this instruction has been around since 1636 gives a since of wonderment on how many scholars had stood in the same I had. It is truly an institution of higher learning. My son is now a junior, and the pride of his accomplishment is unexplainable. Their are plaques and momentos of passed students and their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

See the new Fogg, Sackler, and Busch-Reisinger museum in the renovated Harvard Art Museum, an ambitious and memorable new project by Renzo Piano. Amazing German art in the Busch rooms.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Interesting to see. Amazing history, great atmosphere, excellent guide. It was an interesting experience overall, definitely worth seeing.

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Loved Harvard. Their campuses are sprawling and very grand in places, so we spent a good few hours walking around and people watching. Good grounds, good security and great people watching. Take your camera.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Went here today to finally see the great Harvard University and it was a nice campus and school to see and I was glad I finally saw it. But not as grand as I would have imagined.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was my third professional seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It is top of the line in educational experiences!

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