Harvard (allegedly pronounced “Hah-vahd” by subsets of the population that live nowhere near this ethnically diverse university) is one of the main attractions for anyone visiting Massachusetts. Why not take a guided tour of the “Yahd” next time you’re in town, and learn the history, lore and legend of one of the world’s most respected institutions?
This enlightened and scripted tour is conducted along four main themes (I ask you, why wouldn’t a tour of Harvard have an outline?): 1) Harvard-American History; 2) Harvard Culture; 3) Harvard Architecture; and 4) The Harvard-Cambridge Rivalry. A series of 10 main stops will give you a better appreciation for life on and off this crimson campus. See the campus that has been home to some of the world’s most respected and learned scholars and thinkers…and Elle Woods.
Your 10 stops will include Johnston Gate, named after Harvard alumnus Samuel Johnston, who donated a significant sum for its construction following his graduation with the class of 1855. You will also see the world-famous Harvard Yard, a lush oasis of green on campus that contains freshman dormitories, libraries, academic departments and larger administrative offices. Harvard yard, you’ll soon learn, is no place to “pahk ya cah”.
Your tour will continue, taking you to Memorial hall, a Victorian Gothic structure that commemorates the service of Harvard men in defense of the Union in the Civil War. You will proceed to the Widener Library, one of Harvard University’s most important structures, and the home of a 15.6 million-volume library system (allegedly the largest of its kind in the world). This structure, it is said, holds 57 miles of bookshelves, including the Gutenberg Bible.
Enjoy this 70-minute tour that is packed with history, information and entertainment, and learn the many crimson secrets of what is perhaps the world’s most famous campus.
March–May: Daily, 10:30 am–2:30 pm
June–August: Daily, 10:30 am–4:30 pm
September–November: Daily, 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Check website for specific tour schedule.