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Address: Harvard Square, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-520-4030
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sun 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: Storytellers in Top Hats and Hoop Skirts (though rarely both at once) will...
Storytellers in Top Hats and Hoop Skirts (though rarely both at once) will tell you all the weirdest, funniest, saddest, and most fascinating stories around Harvard, Old Cambridge, and the newest history being made in Cambridge. Enthusiastic humor and great stories allow us to entertain nerds, clowns, scholars, and skeptics. Guides are local actors with years of storytelling experience, and an infectious love of history, art, and science. You will leave wondering why everything isn't taught this way. Cambridge Historical Tours offers Historical, Hysterical Tour of Harvard, the Cantabrigia Tour of Old Cambridge, Harvard Square Ghost Tours, Harvard Square Pub Crawl, Innovations of Cambridge (Kendall/MIT) Tour regularly, as well as offering Private tours anytime you'd like to schedule one. Private bookings are also available in French and Spanish (subject to guide availability).
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Truly made our trip to Harvard memorable!

So glad we booked this tour, George Santayana was our character guide and he did a phenomenal job, thank you so much!! Such a great way to see the campus, I would recommend this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Virginia
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

George Santayana shared Harvard stories from 5 centuries, mixing the humorous, the curious fun facts, and some tragic tales with the straight out history of Harvard. Very enjoyable 90 minute tour that held my attention the entire time. Well worth the money. The crowded streets of Cambridge were a challenge at times; we toured on a Sunday afternoon. I highly... More 

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Bedford, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

So glad we booked this tour, George Santayana was our character guide and he did a phenomenal job, thank you so much!! Such a great way to see the campus, I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting as it was lovely to hear all the history behind the university and its many beautiful buildings and architecture. So many comical... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Our Harvard Historical tour was very good but the advertised 1 1/2 hour tour only lasted 1 hour and the tour guide seemed a little rushed. She had excellent knowledge of the history of Harvard and was very personable. We did get a lot of information that we would have missed on our own.

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Woburn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Harvard Square is one of the melting pots of Massachusetts, if you stand there long enough you will see people from all different countries.

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Parma, Ohio
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I loved this tour!!! The tour guides wear old historical outfits and tell you the history behind each building in Cambridge and Harvard. The guide included my two young kids in the personalized tour and they were not bored..... As a Bonus...We got this tour for free just ask them and they will tell you what to do!

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Columbus Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took the "Ghost Tour" on the coldest night imaginable (20 degrees, windy) . "Bubbles" was our tour guide and he was fantastic. Despite the freezing cold he delivered a Oscar winning ghost tour performance that was both entertaining and informative. We had a great time with "Bubbles" and I highly recommend the Cambridge Historical Tours "Ghost tour" for any... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Caitlin Johnston was our guide for the "Cambridge History Tour." She was great and seemed very dedicated to her trade. Dressed in a period custom as Alice Longfellow, often talking in the first person, she clearly knew her stuff. She gave as close a flavor for the times as one could experience. She pointed out all the significant landmarks from... More 

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New Windsor, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Our tour guide was great, very knowledgeable about the area and history. She did a great job conducting a slightly challenging group. A definitely must do if you're in the Cambridge/ Boston area!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I live in Boston and love taking walking tours in the Greater Boston area, so taking a tour of Kendall Square with Daniel Berger Jones of Cambridge Historical Tours was right up my alley. Even though I drive past this area a lot, I had not explored its history and what has happened to it over the last ten years.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We had a wonderful ghost tour of Harvard with a tour guide in a period costume and spooky make-up. Her stories were very entertaining and informative. She was knowledgeable and extremely enthusiastic. Highly recommended!

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Additional Information about Cambridge Historical Tours

Address: Harvard Square, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-520-4030
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

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