Exploring a Cambridge University: Harvard's Sights

Named in honor of the University of Cambridge in England, Cambridge is a city in Massachusetts that is home two internationally known universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. So when in Cambridge, university visits are a worthwhile afternoon activity for tourists and visitors. Complete your stay in a charming Cambridge bed and breakfast by exploring the following sights and landmarks of Harvard University.

The Harvard Student-Led Walking Tour
Harvard University Events & Information Center
Holyoke Center Arcade
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 495-1573

Let students lead you through a free historical walking tour of this illustrious Cambridge university. Student guides will show you the rich American architecture and history in the university grounds. They can likewise help you find programs and exhibitions that may stir your interest. If you'd rather explore by yourself, the Information Center staff is available to provide illustrated booklets and university maps for a minimal fee. They are also willing to answer questions you might have.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 495-3045

The public museum of the 3 natural history institutions of this Cambridge university, The Harvard Museum of Natural History houses exhibits and galleries of more than 12,000 specimens from the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Harvard University Herbaria. Welcoming more than 175,000 visitors annually, the museum features events, lectures, courses and international travel opportunities for members and visitors. For children, they have hands-on educational workshops and other programs, including Nature Storytime during weekends at 11 am and 2 pm. The admission rate for adults is $9; $7 for students and senior citizens; $6 for children aged 3 to 18; and free for children under 3.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 496-1027

One of the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world, The Peabody Museum is home to an impressive collection of artifacts from ancient Europe, Oceania, Africa, Mesoamerica, North America and South America, especially. The museum also holds a significant archive of prints, drawings and paintings of more than 500,000 images. The admission rate for adults is $7.50; $6 for students and senior citizens; $5 for children aged 3 to 18; and free for children under 3. If you visit the museum from your Cambridge inn on a Sunday from 9 am till noon, you can get in for free.

Harvard Art Museum
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 495-9400

One of the world's leading arts institutions, the Harvard Art Museum is composed of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Fogg Museum, Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, Straus Center for Conservation, the US headquarters for the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis (Turkey) and the Harvard Art Museum Archives. These 3 art museums and 4 research centers serve as a rich well of resources for visitors, scholars and students alike. The admission rate for adults is $9; $7 senior citizens over 65; $6 for college students with valid ID; and free for children under 18.