Luckily, you don’t need to be a straight A student to explore the campus, which is full of historic buildings, monuments, beautiful architecture and scenic green spaces. Head to the Harvard Yard to see the iconic John Harvard Statue -- with its inscription of “John Harvard • Founder • 1638” -- which has been a part of the campus for centuries. Interestingly, some call it the “Statue of Three Lies,” which represents the fact that John Harvard was not the founder of Harvard (he was a major donor), Harvard was not founded in 1638 (it was 1636) and the statue is not actually of John Harvard (the model for the statue was a man named Sherman Hoar).
The Memorial Church is also worth a stop, built in 1932 to commemorate soldiers who had lost their lives in WWI. Today it stands as a place to not only worship, but to remember. Additionally, Memorial Hall is a striking High Victorian Gothic that pays homage to Boston’s defense of the Union and the country’s abolitionist movement during the Civil War. Harvard University is also home to one of the world’s most impressive bookstores, open since 1932. The bookstore hosts a large array of events like panels, book discussions and science fairs. On the Harvard University campus you’ll also find a number of interesting museums, some of which include the Peabody Museum, Sackler Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum. Continue exploring the area in Harvard Square, which is full of shops, bars and restaurants.
Campus tours of Harvard University are led by students and begin at the Harvard Information Center in the Holyoke Center Arcade. Dates and times of tours vary so check their calendar at harvard.edu/visitors/calendar for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Tours are about an hour long and free of charge. Another option is to purchase a tour pamphlet at the Information Center and do a self-guided walking tour of the campus at your own pace.
Tours & Tickets
This fascinating historical day trip from Boston takes you to the famous nearby Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Journey along the ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
When your cruise ship docks in Boston, see the best of the region on this sightseeing shore excursion! On this 3.5-hour morning tour, visit important ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
If you’re considering Harvard University, or you just want to see what student life is like at this Ivy League establishment, this one-hour ‘Hahvahd’ tour is ... Read more
Duration: 70 minutes (approx.)
Take a day trip from New York to explore Boston, a city of culture and old world charm. You'll follow the famous red-brick Freedom Trail through downtown ... Read more
New York City, New York
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)