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Harvard University

Harvard University in Cambridge, located just north of Boston, is synonymous with prestige and accomplishment. This Ivy League university accepts only the best and provides a curriculum to students that challenges and inspires them to succeed (faculty and alumni hold over 45 Nobel Prizes!). The country’s first institution of higher learning ever established, Harvard University is a historical school that is also constantly looking toward the future and creating new innovations in education, science, technology, the arts and beyond. Looking at a list of notable graduates of Harvard University -- some of which include Barack Obama, Theodore Roosevelt, Rashida Jones, Norman Mailer, Helen Keller and John Quincy Adams  -- it’s easy to see that the school has a rich and diverse heritage.

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.

Practical Info

Free hour-long 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. 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.

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Harvard Campus Walking Tour and Admission to Natural History Museum, Cambridge, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Harvard Campus Walking Tour and Admission to Natural History Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

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

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

From USD $19.85
Harvard "Hahvahd" Campus Walking Tour, Cambridge, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Harvard "Hahvahd" Campus Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

The Hahvahd Tour is the most popular tour of America's oldest university! The 70-minute tour is a theatrical journey through Harvard's historic campus from the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $11.95
Historical Day Trip from Boston in Luxury Rolls Royce Ghost, Boston, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Historical Day Trip from Boston in Luxury Rolls Royce Ghost

Discover greater Boston's rich history with this private tour through nearby Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord. With a private driver and the luxury of ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,200.00
Full-Day City Tour of Boston and Cambridge, Boston, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day City Tour of Boston and Cambridge

1.5 star rating: I do not recommend this 3 Reviews

Explore Boston and Cambridge on this guided, full-day motorcoach tour around Beantown. Highlights of this day-long tour include visits to Harvard, one of the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $54.00
New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide, New York City, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Tour from New York to Boston with a Spanish guide. Visit one of the oldest cities in the US and admire magnificent architecture and learn about USA history. ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York, New York City, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York

4 star rating: Recommended 156 Reviews

See the historical sights and famous universities of the Boston area on this full-day trip from New York City. After a scenic drive through Connecticut, arrive ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
Cambridge and Charles River Segway Tour, Cambridge, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Cambridge and Charles River Segway Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore the streets of Cambridge traveling through MIT, going past the only remaining candy factory and city hall before arriving at Harvard University to ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $60.00

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