The Harvard Student-Led Walking Tour
Guided Historical Tours (Public)
Please note: Due to ongoing construction, our tour schedule will be limited. Please check our updated tour times on the calendar. In the event of inclement weather, please check the calendar, or call regarding a scheduled tour time.
The Official Harvard tour departs from the Harvard Information Center, in the Smith Campus Center. The tour is student-led and comprises an outdoor walk (please dress appropriately) through Harvard Yard, providing a history of the university, general information, and a unique view on the student’s individual experience. The tour is around one hour long, and completely free of charge. There is no pre-registration for general visitors, however tours are capped at 35 attendees. We begin registration for each tour one hour prior to departure time. Currently we are only able to accommodate groups of up-to 14 people on our free, public tour. If you have a group of 15 or more, reservations are required (please see below).
Please note: The Harvard College Admissions & Financial Aid Office offers another guided tour of the undergraduate campus. This student-led tour of Harvard Yard is designed for prospective students and those visitors wishing to learn more about student life. For more information on these tours, visit the Office of Admissions.
Fall public tours end on December 9, 2016.
Spring public tours begin on February 6, 2017.
Group Tours and Reservations (Private)
Please review the updated tour fee information.
Reservations are required for tours of 15 or more people, with an absolute maximum of 125 people. We request 2 weeks notice to schedule a tour. Please note, we cannot accommodate groups that arrive without a reservation. Call about the tour schedule: 617-495-1573 or e-mail [email protected]. Wheelchairs are available with a week or more of advance notice.
Please note we can take requests from 9:45-3:15 pm, but during our public tour start times, (every hour from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.), we cannot accommodate requests.
Fall private tours begin on September 12, 2016.
Fall private tours end on December 9, 2016.
Reservations will be held for 15 minutes. Tour guides will be released at the discretion of the Information Center.
The Official Harvard Military History Tour
Harvard University has a long and distinguished history of military service and thousands of Harvard veterans are at the forefront of American politics, education and business.
In the summer and fall the Harvard Information Center offers a tour highlighting Harvard's rich military history. Harvard is excited to offer this tour and many other exciting specialty tours throughout the year. Please view our online calendar for updated tour timings throughout the year.
A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Harvard Yard
If you are interested in touring the campus on your own you may want a self-guided walking tour. These tour pamphlets, offered in nine different languages, can be purchased from our office for a minimal charge.
You may also download audio files of historical information on each of the buildings in Harvard Yard. These files, which together comprise an Audio Tour can be obtained here.
Harvard College Virtual Tour
For prospective college students and their families, the Harvard College Virtual Tour offers an exclusive look into Harvard, including dorm rooms, libraries, classrooms, athletic facilities, and more. Visitors are led through the walking tour by video guides and can explore each tour stop in detail through 360-degree panoramas, images, and videos. The tour is accessible on desktop and mobile. You can also download the app on iPhone and Android.
Graduate Admissions Tours
Many of Harvard's graduate and professional schools have tours of their individual campuses. The following Schools have tours for visitors: