Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting Harvard

Tour Logistics

What are the different types of tours offered?

We offer the Official Historical Tour of Harvard and the Western Ave. Arts Walk, both led by current students. You can also take a Harvard College Admissions Information Session & Tour, offered by the Office of Admissions. Many of Harvard's graduate and professional schools have tours of their individual campuses; check the Tours page for a full list of schools.

How do I register for the Official Historical Tour of Harvard?

Tour registration is done in-person on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are capped at 35 attendees. No exceptions can be made. 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. You can submit a group tour reservation request here.

How do I register for the Western Ave. Arts Walk tour?

No registration is required. Please arrive at the Harvard Ed Portal ten minutes before the tour will start. The Ed Portal is located at 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134.

Where can I view a calendar of tour times?

Both the Official Historical Tour of Harvard and the Western Ave. Arts Walk tour times can be found in our calendar here.

How long is the Official Historical Tour of Harvard?

The Official Historical Tour of Harvard is one hour long. It 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.

How long is the Western Ave. Arts Walk tour?

The Western Ave. Arts Walk tour is one hour long.

How much does the Official Historical Tour and the Western Ave. Arts Walk cost?

Both tours are free of charge.

Can I schedule a tour in a different language?

Please email us at least 2 weeks in advance and we will try our best to accommodate your request.

Can I store my luggage with you while I take a tour?

We regret that we cannot store or hold luggage or items due to liability and security concerns. Unfortunately, there is no luggage storage in Harvard Square at this time.

Getting Here

Where can I park?

There are metered, on-street parking spots in the Harvard Square area, but they are often occupied. Here is a map of parking garages for the general public, or you can fill out a form for a one-day pass in a University garage.

Where is bus parking located?

Unfortunately, bus parking is not available. However, tour bus drop-off and pick-up is located on Mt. Auburn Street between Holyoke Street and Plympton Street. View a detailed map of bus drop-off and pick-up locations.

Where should I stay overnight?

Find hotel and lodging information using the Harvard Visitor Travel Portal.

Accessibility

Do you have a wheelchair available?

A wheelchair is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We require a week's advance notice to book a wheelchair. To complete a wheelchair reservation, we will need a photo I.D. and credit card on file. It is available only for the duration of the tour.

Are you able to provide Deaf & Hard of Hearing services?

Visitors planning to attend a historical tour of Harvard University who need an effective and reasonable communication accommodation for hearing impairments should contact us at visitor_center@harvard.edu for assistance. Since service providers are in great demand in the Boston area, it is recommended to make requests at least two weeks in advance, if possible.

Additional Information

Campus Map

View a detailed campus map.

Virtual Tour

Use Harvard College's Virtual Tour to discover spaces that aren't even available on an in-person campus tour, such as classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, and more.

What other resources about visiting Cambridge/Boston are available?

Visit the following websites to find more information about visiting Cambridge and Boston:

Visitor Guidelines

These guidelines will help ensure that tour groups enjoy their visit to Harvard, but that we balance access to our campus with the University's fundamental mission of teaching and research.

The guidelines are provided in English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, and French for your convenience.