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Harvard University

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Address: 1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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+1 617-495-9400
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning...

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.

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Daughter and I toured Harvard University today. Was probably the best college tour we've been on so far. Well organized and prepared, and the tour itself took us around to enough... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Daughter and I toured Harvard University today. Was probably the best college tour we've been on so far. Well organized and prepared, and the tour itself took us around to enough places to get a really good feel for the campus. Buildings are beautiful, and Memorial Hall was absolutely spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did a Harvard Walking Tour which is led by a 2nd year Harvard Student Boris. We walked through the Harvard Grounds past the Freshman Dorms, The Library, the main grounds area. The whole area around the campus is pretty much all centered around the students. With all the off campus living being right in the centre of the little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staying in central Boston we decided to cross the Charles River (by the T) to just savour this world-renowned Ivy League (Harvard) campus. A very snowy & cold day indeed but we were pleased to go & mouth around. My only criticism (not least because I'm a Brit) is that there were no open Colleges or Chapels. No maps or... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spending a couple of hours at Harvard is well worth the time. See buildings you recognize from movies. Walk around the campus areas and visit the alumni club. Take some photos and don’t forget to drop in at the Harvard book store. This is a valuable piece of history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice surroundings nice area . Good shopping area. Quaint stores. Interesting architecture and history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Harvard university didn't have any cafes open when we visited because its the christmas break. The cafe at the harvard art gallery is fantastic and the museum is SUPERP.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can you say? Harvard. I have been a few times and have seen the beautiful area or attended a musical memorial. At the memorial a few years ago I got to see Lynn Chang and Yo Yo MA play. They were students of the person being memorialized Louse Vosgurgian (Im sure I messed up the name. She was the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely worth doing. Experiencing the place from a student's point of view and feeling the enthusiasm which makes you understand why it attracts so many people from all over the globe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't like Universities with libraries closed for the public. Knowledge should be open for every one, specially libraries. I was a student at University of Edinburgh, a top 20 University in the world, and it's library is open for everyone :) don't get me wrong, being at Harvard is nice but certainly tells you a lot when you can't... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a fun stroll around the Harvard Campus this past Sunday. We had always wanted to see Harvard, so my wife and I tood the T out to Harvard Square and just hung out. It was a blast. I didn't think the campus was anything extra special in terms of beauty, but it was fun mingling with the Ivy League... More 

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