Harvard University
Harvard University
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Jaskel08
    California247 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historic campus
    The beauty, charm, and architecture of so many historic buildings. We also chose to do a student led tour which we highly recommend. It is definitely worth just wandering around, at the very least just to get a feel. The campus itself isn’t very large and doesn’t have many dining or resting spots within (there are plenty surrounding the campus). It is also worth it to go to the library and just wander around.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • 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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan991 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Bea
    975 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
    Traveled with family
    Written December 12, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written April 30, 2024
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Susan C
Santa Clarita, CA73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Area surrounding campus is nice to visit, though Harvard Yard was closed off when we visited. Beautiful campus, Museum of Natural History was a highlight.
Written June 4, 2024
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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 April 30, 2024
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Christophe B
Quebec City, Canada806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Best campus in the USA. Historic, clean, beautiful. The best way to visit the campus is by walk in a sunny day. I highly recommend visiting the inside of Widener Library.
Written April 14, 2024
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SARFARAZ ALAM
India2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Good thanks for everything good work group 👍 harverd good college for everything development science etc thanks for support
Written December 28, 2023
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Bea
975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
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.
Written December 12, 2023
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al1k1
Bedford, UK47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We did a walk around most of the Harvard Campus, it is beautiful and old, but we expected it to be a bit more like Cambridge university in England. The buildings are beautiful, old and reminiscent of English architecture, but not a-lot was happening, good experience but you could do this in an hour.
Written December 10, 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 November 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI991 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
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!!
Written October 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

09robbins
Swanley, UK217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very interesting to wander around the grounds of the campus & to see the students going about their day. We touched the foot of the John Harvard statue which is supposed to bring good luck! We then had a walk along the riverside path which was lovely.
Written September 29, 2023
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Adrian B
San Jose, Costa Rica349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Being there, after all this years watching at movies, and dreaming to walk at the campus, was unbelievable. Amazing and inspirational place. Very clean and safe.
Written September 26, 2023
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