Harvard University
Harvard University
4.5
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Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 Stein, composer Leonard Bernstein, cellist Yo Yo Ma and seven U.S. presidents.
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  • Larry Y
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harvard University student guided tour
    We took the Harvard student guided tours and lucky us...we had Oliver as our guide! What a gem of a dude! He's a senior at Harvard and comically shared the highs and lows of student life. We were captivated! My young teen even remarked that history was engrossing with Oliver otherwise she'd be bored by history. GO Oliver!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan1,070 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely university campus has many historic and architecture gems to see!
    Finally made it to Harvard!! This iconic university campus is worth a visit, but do your homework. Just strolling through won't do as the campus proper is so big, encompassing blocks and blocks. We were there for the history and the architecture. As visitors, we were not allowed to enter Memorial Hall so we missed seeing an awesome historic building. Strolling through Harvard Yard, we enjoyed the crowds taking photos with the John Harvard statue (by the esteemed sculptor Daniel Chester French). We checked out Sever Hall by Henry Hobson Richardson, a mainstay in Boston! Also the 1813 University Hall by Charles Bulfinch. Again, as a visitor, we couldn't go inside Widener Library to explore Mr Widener's personal library. We moved on to the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the only Le Corbusier building in this country. We visited the Harvard Art Museums, spending a couple hours enjoying their art collections. The campus is home to two buildings by Minoru Yamasaki (based in our home city of Detroit) so we checked his work here. Then got in the car to see two buildings by Moshe Safdie: Rosovsky Hall and the Class of 59 Chapel; both are buildings designed for contemplation and spiritualness. Totally enjoyed our four hours exploring the Harvard campus!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,816 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Harvard University
    We had a walk through the university grounds with our tour guide - we were on a tour from a cruise ship docked in Boston. Apparently non-university guides are not welcome on this campus, and we were told that if we were accosted by any security personnel we would have to leave straight away. This did not happen, so we got a lot of historical information from our guide and a wander between the various interesting buildings on campus. Worth some time if you can manage it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Bea
    973 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harvard University
    Harvard University was founded in 1636 and is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can easily walk in the campus and admire the magnificent buildings, including library. We visited it in the summer, during the holiday break, and it was very quiet, really great to have a walk there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Maureen B
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great insight into the History of Harvard
    Really interesting trip. Connor was a great guide offered lots of insight on the history of Harvard. We didn’t plan this trip in advance but really enjoyed it The trip is just over an hour, easy to get to from Boston on the red subway line.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 April 2024
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Cindy
Wyomissing, PA44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
Well what could have been a great day for me turned into a small 2 hour stroll unfortunately I cut my day short because the building was closed all day this Friday . They didn’t allow any tourist to go in our of all weekends . I was a little annoyed 😒, I traveled far n this was on my list I mean I guess I could have come back the next day but I have my days planned out .

So yeah sucks . .

Hope someone else enjoys .

Did get some steps in walked around the whole building lots of stores a lot of places to eat :) .
Written 3 September 2021
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good_ants
Doha, Qatar624 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Bec and I made the long walk from Seaport out to see the one-and-only, storied, mighty 'Harvard'. Was it worth it? Sure, we love walking!
But I could have been on any campus in N. America it felt. That said, we did a simple loop of 'Harvard Yard', gawked at a few buildings, spotted the erroneously credited John Harvard statue, then headed back to warmer climes.
If you're an academic and/or historian, maybe this would tickle your fancy more than mine.
Was it pretty? Sure. Did it stoke images of "the smartest students on the continent" within me? Nope.
Written 8 July 2022
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Larry Y
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We took the Harvard student guided tours and lucky us...we had Oliver as our guide! What a gem of a dude! He's a senior at Harvard and comically shared the highs and lows of student life. We were captivated! My young teen even remarked that history was engrossing with Oliver otherwise she'd be bored by history. GO Oliver!
Written 2 August 2023
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Groundhog_334
McLean, VA8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
As an alumnus here, I found it particularly off-putting that each and every single building is closed to the public due to COVID. This made the visit not worth it as I could not properly show the campus to my children, with whom I was visiting. Every other public venue in the Boston area happens to be open, including museums, stores and restaurants, but not Harvard. This stark contrast underscores the stupidity of this policy as Harvard remains virtually the sole outlier in continuing the repugnant lockdown and creating an unwelcoming atmosphere for visitors.
Written 17 August 2021
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Adriana P
Pembroke Pines, FL880 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
It’s a beautiful campus and definitely historic.
The brick buildings and the combination of modern architecture, make Harvard one of the most appealing areas in Cambridge.
The courtyard is a great area to hang out and there are lots of shops and places to eat around campus.
Written 9 April 2021
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Kasia’s Travel
New Jersey479 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
The heart of Harvard is beautiful to walk through but the institution is not welcoming to visitors. There are no friendly spaces such as coffee shops or student centers where one can sit down with a cup of tea or a book. The outer parameter of the campus is incredibly crowded. If going, do a quick walk through the campus and head for the much more welcoming center of Cambridge.
Written 10 November 2022
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Dan
New Jersey892 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
You would think a college of such caliber would have well maintained grounds and state of the art facilities but that is not the case. We stepped into a University with dim lighting and mud covered pathways. There wasn’t anywhere to sit and it looked like a ghost town. Understood it’s winter break but what a dreary place.
Written 2 January 2020
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Maureen B
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Really interesting trip. Connor was a great guide offered lots of insight on the history of Harvard. We didn’t plan this trip in advance but really enjoyed it

The trip is just over an hour, easy to get to from Boston on the red subway line.
Written 30 April 2024
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,816 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We had a walk through the university grounds with our tour guide - we were on a tour from a cruise ship docked in Boston. Apparently non-university guides are not welcome on this campus, and we were told that if we were accosted by any security personnel we would have to leave straight away. This did not happen, so we got a lot of historical information from our guide and a wander between the various interesting buildings on campus. Worth some time if you can manage it.
Written 8 November 2023
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Boutip
Gatineau, Canada739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Nice place for a walk to dsicover and see a great university and great architecture. Some building are accessibles to the general public as well. Nice place to spend an hour or two to wander around.
Written 7 January 2023
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