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Cambridge Historical Tours

Harvard Square, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-520-4030
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Ranked #1 of 11 activities in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Tour Harvard, Harvard Square, and Old Cambridge!Learn the most captivating, hilarious, and occasionally bizarre stories in nearly 400 years of Harvard... more » Owner description: Tour Harvard, Harvard Square, and Old Cambridge!Learn the most captivating, hilarious, and occasionally bizarre stories in nearly 400 years of Harvard and Cambridge history from guides in period clothing. Exhaustive research and enthusiastic humor allow us to entertain history buffs and restless children alike.History is made of great stories. Let us tell them to you.Tours begin right outside the Harvard Square T. Look for the guides in top hats and hoop skirts! « less
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Montclair, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We stumbled upon two dapperly dressed young men just outside the campus and quickly realized a Cambridge Historical Tour was going to give us a much better feel of Harvard than my husband and I wandering around aimlessly with our two boys. Our tourguide, "Henry James", was knowledgeable, charming and had great insider stories about life on campus. He was... More

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Seminole, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was the best ghost tour we have ever done! We have done ghost tours in St. Augustine, Savannah, Tampa, & Cape May. This one blew them away!! Great mix of Harvard history and spooky graveyard stories! If there was a sixth star, Bubbles would get it!!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I have visited Boston a few times over the past 20 years or so. I had never been over to Cambridge during that time. I wanted to learn about this historical town and Cambridge Historical Tours was able to provide that learning experience. They made it fun and interesting, all while keeping the groups attention. All along the way I... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My family and I were visiting Boston and wanted to have a unique experience that left us with some new knowledge of one of our favorite cities. Cambridge Historical Tours gave us exactly that! We took the Cantabridgia Tour of Old Cambridge led by Richard Henry Dana Jr. (aka Daniel Berger-Jones) and were blown away by his knowledge and clear... More

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Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I loved this on-foot tour of the Harvard Yard area around Cambridge city. Our guide's character was George Santayana. Our group was pretty small, only about 15 people. The guide had a lot of thrilling stories to tell and kept us involved in the history of the sites we were visiting. He was very aware of historical events and the... More

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Somerville, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I have been on several of the Historical tours, and I was excited to learn they had the new Innovations tour. We met at the T stop in Kendall and our guide described the development of this area that went from a bog to an industrial site to the home of cutting edge R and D research companies and MIT.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This review is for the Historical and Hysterical tour of Harvard...it was not informational, poorly done, and rushed. Our tour guide was not a student and had maybe a dozen old anecdotal myths about the university but not much else, not many historical facts at all. For the money paid we felt like this was a very poor value. Harvard... More

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Wyoming, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Beth, our guide, was a bit soft spoken, but she made up for it with her tremendous knowledge! She was a teacher for years and it showed. A great, engaging tour!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Very disappointed to have travelled out to Harvard on a particular day to do this tour only to discover that they don't do tours if it rains. The rain had been heavy in the morning but it was an improving sort of day. As we are Scottish we never let rain stop a day out! My advice is to do... More

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

"Henry James" gave us a lively and humorous tour in and around Harvard square. My mother and I had a great time listening to some choice stories about the antics of the Lampoon, the history of the buildings (only the interesting bits), and the founding of Harvard. Even though it was stifling, our guide kept our minds off the heat... More

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