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Harvard University Photo courtesy of Paul Lowry
  • 1350 Massachusetts Ave

    Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Phone: 617-495-1573

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Founded in 1636 and named for its first patron, Reverend John Harvard, Harvard University is the nation's oldest institution for higher learning. Visitors can take a free, guided historical tour of the campus and its most famous landmarks. Departing from the Holyoke Center Arcade, the enlightening student-led tour provides a synopsis of the university's history and stops at sites like the Widener Library, Memorial Church, University Hall, Fogg Museum and the John Harvard Statue.







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Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Rumor has it Harvard came about so that graduate's of the Country's oldest public high school (Boston Latin School) would have a place to matriculate."

Best for Sightseeing Because: Harvard University is America's oldest, and with its bustling Harvard Square location allows for a full day/night of exploration.