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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3800
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 24, 2014

(5) ... because this statue is frequently peed upon for good luck. It is also not John Harvard - no one knows how he looked. (4) do take a photo at the steps of the Widener Library. It is a memorial to Harry Widener, who...More

8  Thank Sabrina W
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 1, 2012

Who the hell was the architect of Harvard??? It sucks! Ugly buildings, red-bricked walls everywhere....it feels like I'm in an abandoned factory in Europe where the windows are cracked (not in Harvard) and the buildings look soo old and unattended.... The only nice places are...More

4  Thank awadulcecity
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a student led tour at campus grounds and despite the cold and the wind, he made our tour interesting and great fun. Made my youngest son wanting to go to uni in the states even more.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Not a bad place to stroll through, particularly if you've hit most of the big tourist spots in Boston on previous trips. I went with a friend, gazing around the quad. I appreciated her tour better than the snippets of others I heard—the official tours...More

Thank Leah v
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a lovely campus, with interesting history, and has the lovely classic collegiate feel to it, so it's a nice thing to do if you're around the Boston area and fancy a different couple of hours. The best part is the Harvard Bookshop close by,...More

Thank andrean311
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent several hours just strolling around the campus. Found an eatery in the basement of a building. Seems to be run by the students. Food was very good.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked to Harvard from Back Bay and paid for tickets at the news stand near the entrance. The tours are run by existing Harvard students. Our tour guide Boris was engaging, humorous and had great knowledge of the history of Harvard, past students etc....More

Thank BuffyPaulie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Harvard in winter, perhaps not the best time to do so as the weather was grey and the area had a lot of construction going on. The ubiquitous red-brown brick buildings added to the serious and sombre ambiance – Harvard crimson is the...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We scheduled our visit through the admissions office and it was worth the two hours! There are also tours offered outside the red line subway station in Havard Square. Rainy day but we'll worth a stop at Harvard.

Thank BKBGlobal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love the scenery in the winter. Nothing like looking at that building in the snow. As you can see by my photo it is absoluty magnificent. Harvard in the winter. The true New England.

Thank Sergiosr1949
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's fun to just walk through the grounds (Harvard Yard) and see the beautiful architecture of the old buildings. We were here for my husband's reunion and went into many of the buildings for different seminars. He enjoyed the speakers; I enjoyed admiring the details...More

Thank MaryM10159
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well I can say I've walked around the campus, been in a couple of buildings and wandered through the square. Not quite as impressive as I was expecting but glad we made the trip all the same.

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October 18, 2018|
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Response from Mark H | Reviewed this property |
No gates, free and open to the public.
September 11, 2018|
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Response from Heather K | Reviewed this property |
There are several museums on the grounds of Harvard University that are worth visiting!!! There is one museum just outside of MIT that is also neat. We stayed halfway between both universities so we could play on both and... More
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August 25, 2018|
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Response from SONAL M | Reviewed this property |
I do think so. However safer to check their website.