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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 18 Activities in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Storytellers in Top Hats and Hoop Skirts (though rarely both at once) will tell you all the...
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sun 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Columbus Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We went to a conference and the conference arranged them to give us a tour around Harvard square. The guide we got was absolutely funny, and he knew a lot of interesting stories. I have been to Harvard square before myself but I learned a lot more from him this time. Definitely recommend for a short tour with them if... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We had a fabulous tour of Harvard with Alice Stone Blackwell, in her period costume, which added to the history she shared with wit and wisdom. It was a beautiful Fall day and so enjoyable to walk the campus learning about the buildings, former students, etc. with such a personable and knowledgeable guide. In our 70 minute stroll we learned... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was a fabulous tour of Harvard and the surrounding area. Our guide (I want to say his name was Junior?) was absolutely fantastic. He was knowledgeable and presented himself well. I have been to the area before, but having a guide helped me see things I had missed previously. I enjoyed this tour, and would recommend it to anyone... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

What a wonderful guide was Alice Stone Blackwell ,!!!! the young woman from history played so well by Alyssa. She brought Harvard's history to life for us, walking backwards through the yards, courtyards& Halls of old Harvard. This walking tour should be "required " reading " for visitors keen to taste & touch the history of CAmbridge & Harvard. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is a newly launched tour and is not to be missed if you are in the Boston area. It is an absolutely fascinating guided walking tour through Kendall Square with a fun and extremely knowledgeable guide who shared amazing facts in a conversational tone. Our guide let us into buildings where state of the art, up to the minute... More 

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