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Address: Harvard Square, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: +1 617-520-4030
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sun 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

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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Such stupendous guided tours

We cannot say enough good things about the tours we took. Just my husband and myself (and a friend who joined on one of them), but three separate tours: Old Cambridge, Harvard... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2016
Jericho, New York

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Jericho, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We cannot say enough good things about the tours we took. Just my husband and myself (and a friend who joined on one of them), but three separate tours: Old Cambridge, Harvard and the Innovations Tour which included the MIT area. Each one, 90 minutes in duration, were just plain terrific, Like taking three college courses. We learned so much,... More 

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Apex, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We used this company for 3 different tours on different days with many different folks. ALL tours were exceptional and enjoyed thoroughly due to the knowledge and personalities of the guides. And they were so easy to work with even after we changed our mind a million times. Couldn't have been better!

1 Thank Denise C
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Clement G. Morgan was our guide through Harvard's history. Really enjoyable view of Harvard. Our guide assumed a role that helped to blend facts with interesting, funny anecdotes. We were the only two on the tour and this was a shame as it was a brilliant experience. Would definitely recommend it.

1 Thank T N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

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!

3 Thank beautystar4
Columbus Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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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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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