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Ranked #1 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural

Mount Auburn Cemetery has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior, recognizing it as one of the country's most significant cultural... more »

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Ranked #2 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens; Cultural
Owner description: Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the... more » Owner description: Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world's foremost 19th century poets. The house also served as headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775 - April 1776. In addition to its rich history, the site offers unique opportunities to explore 19th century literature and arts. « less
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Ranked #3 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
Owner description: One of the world's leading educational institutions, with an emphasis on math and sciences, the Massachusetts Institute of... more » Owner description: One of the world's leading educational institutions, with an emphasis on math and sciences, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located on the banks of the Charles River. The M.I.T. campus includes many modern buildings designed by famous architects and is worth exploring. « less
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Ranked #4 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Scenic Drives; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles River offers bicycle and jogging paths, 12 tennis... more » Owner description: A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles River offers bicycle and jogging paths, 12 tennis courts, six swimming pools and the popular Hatch Memorial Shell with live concerts. « less
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Ranked #5 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Educational Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious... 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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Ranked #6 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Natural History Museums; Museums
Owner description: More than 12,000 specimens are on display, including the renowned collection of 3,000 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic... more » Owner description: More than 12,000 specimens are on display, including the renowned collection of 3,000 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants commissioned to teach botany to students in the early 20th century. Family favorites include the dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals as well as more than 500 current day mammals, including skeletons of a rhino, hippo, giraffe and three whales. Outstanding Earth Sciences gallery with rare minerals and meteorites. New exhibits on New England Forests, Sea Creatures in Glass, Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm. « less
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Ranked #7 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Biking Trails; Outdoors
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Ranked #8 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
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Ranked #9 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Owner description: The A.R.T. at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and... more » Owner description: The A.R.T. at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under her leadership, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including the Civil War Project, an initiative that will culminate in the staging of new work in the 2014/15 season. Under Paulus's leadership, the A.R.T.'s club theater, OBERON, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models. As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. A.R.T. artists also teach undergraduate courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, which is run in partnership with the Moscow Art Theater School, offers graduate-level training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice. Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area. Through all of these initiatives, the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience. « less
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Ranked #10 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #11 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Specialty Shops; Cultural
Owner description: "The Coop" is the Harvard college store, known for its expansive collection of books, posters and University insignia... more » Owner description: "The Coop" is the Harvard college store, known for its expansive collection of books, posters and University insignia merchandise. « less
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Ranked #12 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

Some facts about Harvard Square:  - Home to Harvard University, renowned academic institution with a massive endowment, arguably the hardest college to get into in the U.S., home... more »

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Ranked #13 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: This kiosk in the heart of Harvard Square is a National Historic Landmark that carries an impressive array of newspapers and... more » Owner description: This kiosk in the heart of Harvard Square is a National Historic Landmark that carries an impressive array of newspapers and magazines from around the world. « less
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Ranked #14 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: ; Science Museums; Museums

The MIT Museum is a place that explores invention, ideas, and innovation. Home to renowned collections in science and technology, holography, architecture and design, nautical... more »

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Ranked #15 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: ; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody... more » Owner description: From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the ancient world, the Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. « less
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Ranked #16 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: ; Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and... more » Owner description: The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the art museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and other visitors. For more than a century they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in this country. « less
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Ranked #17 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
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Ranked #20 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Harvard's newest art museum specializes in Ancient, Asian, Islamic, and Later Indian art.
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Ranked #21 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Outdoors
Owner description: Whether you want to relax, people-watch or learn about Boston's rich heritage, visit this central meeting ground in the heart... more » Owner description: Whether you want to relax, people-watch or learn about Boston's rich heritage, visit this central meeting ground in the heart of historic Cambridge. « less
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Ranked #22 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
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Ranked #23 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural

Central Square is located between Harvard, Inman and Kendall Squares off the MBTA redline along Mass Ave and Prospect St. There are a plethora of different restaurants for every... more »

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Ranked #24 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
OBERON is the second stage of the A.R.T., a destination for theater and nightlife on the fringe of Harvard Square.
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Ranked #25 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Libraries; Cultural
Owner description: Collection of materials focused on the history of women in the United States. The library is also home to an extensive... more » Owner description: Collection of materials focused on the history of women in the United States. The library is also home to an extensive culinary collection and the Radcliffe Archives. « less
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Ranked #26 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #27 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
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Ranked #28 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Busy, scenic street that winds along the Cambridge side of the Charles River.
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Ranked #29 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Natural History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Originally called the "Museum of Vegetable Products" when it was founded in 1858, today this museum focuses on the study of... more » Owner description: Originally called the "Museum of Vegetable Products" when it was founded in 1858, today this museum focuses on the study of useful plants and economic botany. « less
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Ranked #30 of 42 attractions in Cambridge
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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