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  • Location:Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:70 minutes (approx.)

Harvard Campus Walking Tour and Admission to Natural History Museum

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 for you! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dramatic presentation given by current Harvard students who share their insider perspective of college life in Cambridge. You’ll see historical buildings as you tour Harvard Yard and Harvard Square, hear stories about the school’s history and learn about some famous people who attended the school. You can choose to experience the Harvard tour with the Harvard Museum of Natural History or take the option to do the Harvard tour with museum and an all-you-can-eat lunch at Fire and Ice.


  • Harvard University walking tour
  • View historical buildings around Harvard Yard and Harvard Square, such as Massachusetts Hall and Memorial Hall
  • Learn about university life from a Harvard student guide
  • Hear theatrical anecdotes and tips about current student life
  • See the Harvard Museum of Natural History or enjoy lunch and the museum (depending on option selected)

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Book this tour and save 10% off the famous 'Hahvahd' T-shirt during your visit!

What You Can Expect

Harvard Campus Walking Tour and Admission to Natural History Museum

Harvard University

Meet your guide and group at a location in Cambridge and embark on a 70-minute student-led walking tour of Harvard University, one of the country’s top colleges, founded in 1636. Throughout this ever-popular ‘Hahvahd’ tour, your informative guide – a current university student – will offer a unique perspective of college life at the famed institution, of which 44 current and former faculty members are Nobel laureates.

Head to the 25-acre (10-hectare) Harvard Yard, the oldest section of the university, and view the brick facades of the dormitories, libraries and classrooms. Your guide will point out Old Yard, including Harvard’s oldest standing building – Massachusetts Hall, constructed in 1720 – as well as New Yard. See historical edifices like Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, the Widener Library and the Harvard Lampoon, as well as the statue of John Harvard – the university’s founder.

As you tour the grounds, be entertained by your guide’s stories and Harvard lore – partly scripted and partly shared from personal experience. Learn about the most famous people to attend Harvard, hear historical anecdotes and get an insider’s view on current college life. After a stop at the Plaza, Winthrop Park and Mt Auburn Street in Harvard Square, complete your tour at the Harvard Shop or continue on to lunch (if option selected).

Option 1: Harvard Tour with Harvard Museum of Natural History
If you choose to explore the Harvard Museum of Natural History along with your tour, you will get a comprehensive look at the exotic and the familiar. Established in 1998, the museum is the public face for three research museums: the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum. The museum is now a 21st-century representation of innovative research, current issues and a clever approach to education. Permanent exhibits include the Earth and Planetary Sciences Gallery, Fishes Gallery, New England Forests in the Zofnass Family Gallery, Arthropods: Creatures that Rule, Africa Gallery, Great Mammal Hall, Evolution, the Glass Flowers and the Zoological Galleries.

Option 2: Harvard Tour with Museum and Lunch at Fire and Ice
The all-you-can-eat at Fire and Ice option is great for voracious appetites. After touring the Harvard campus, head to Fire and Ice, a create-your-own Mongolian-style grill where you pick the ingredients and flavors of your choice. Choose between Latin, American, Italian and Asian-style foods including burgers, seafood, pastas, several meats or veggies. The restaurant accommodates vegans, pescetarians, vegetarians, carb-free eaters and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

So much fun, and informative!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour was excellent! Highly recommend. Perfect amount of time and information provided by current students.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour!!! The tour guide was excellent - very knowledgeable, entertaining, etc. I highly recommend to anyone visiting Harvard campus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a very informative tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Good job.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was amazing, our tour guide Eddie was so entertaining, knowledgeable and extremely personable. I'm so glad we did it! However next time I would book just the tour and not the museum and restaurant as they were not as impressive. The only downside was we weren't able to see the inside of a lot of the buildings, which I understand as it's still an operating school and not a museum but it would have been great to be able to see the inside of the library and the freshman dining hall. Excellent tour, I highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a terrific tour. Lunch at Fire and Ice was awesome. Our tour guide, Justin, was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide was fantastic and really brought this tour to life. It was great to learn about this fantastic institution and see some of its incredible buildings. The only slight frustration was not being able to go inside any of the buildings.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Oksana the student was very informative and lively

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fab tour guide! Excellent your of Harvard would reccommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour! The tour guide knew a lot and keep things fun... She even sang!! I would definitely recomend that

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