Harvard University
Harvard University
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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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  • bea mather
    Cambridge, United Kingdom27 contributions
    I went there
    amazing architecture and learning. One of my best experiences of life. A real highlight - I remember those good ol days. Cambridge Common Pub, Grendalls den, all these were the fun friendly places for joyous moments, and Harvard was the place to be when it comes to choosing colleges. Never forget it x.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 2 January 2023
  • Boutip
    Gatineau, Canada751 contributions
    Nice walk and great architecture
    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.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 7 January 2023
  • Dana Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California1,290 contributions
    The American College
    Harvard is an exceptional place, and more than just a University. Perhaps sounds like a sales brochure, but in this case it is true. You get to experience the place and history on your own. A "old" turn off to some seeking modern and updated but loved by others.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Yossi R
    Tel Aviv, Israel443 contributions
    Start saving for your grandchildren!
    We went there without a guided tour. You can see a feel the vibe. Stroll around the beautiful buildings/ halls, park. We read the information online, nevertheless, a guided tour would provably make it even more memorable.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2023
  • Jaskel08
    California234 contributions
    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 2 July 2023
  • Larry Y
    3 contributions
    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, Michigan910 contributions
    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 Zealand2,826 contributions
    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
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
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 8 November 2023
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI910 contributions
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 2 October 2023
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09robbins
Swanley, UK206 contributions
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 29 September 2023
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Adrian B
San Jose, Costa Rica327 contributions
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 26 September 2023
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Larry Y
3 contributions
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
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.

Jaskel08
California234 contributions
Jun 2023
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.
Written 2 July 2023
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32Morten
Finland454 contributions
May 2023
The buildings of the campus have nice architecture. It is a good place to walk around. The library is worth to visit.
Written 24 June 2023
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Melissa P
22 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
They have great accessibility features such as wheelchairs. It is good for groups and they accept credit cards. It is a private Ivy League and one of the best known in the world.
Written 24 May 2023
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Mich Herondale
99 contributions
Nov 2022
We wandered around Harvard without a tour guide and to be honest, it was still a super enjoyable experience! The university is absolutely stunning and it was really cool to visit such an iconic place.
I especially enjoyed visiting during the fall because the falling leaves just gave the building a more whimsical look.
Definitely a must visit if you're in the area!
Written 26 April 2023
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,975 contributions
Apr 2023
We wandered over the Commons and among the buildings, starting at the subway stop and ending at the Harvard Museums. The Widener Library, the Memorial Church, the Philosophy Building: it's enough to get a sense of what is one of the world's great universities.
Written 12 April 2023
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