Official Historical Tour of Harvard

Student-Led Public Walking Tour

The Official Harvard tour departs from the Harvard University Visitor 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. 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 tour is around one hour long, and completely free of charge. Tour registration is done in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are capped at 35 attendees. 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).

Group Tours and Reservations

Please review the updated tour fee information.

Reservations are required for tours of 15 or more people, with an absolute maximum of 80 people. We request 2 weeks notice to schedule a tour. Please note, we cannot accommodate groups that arrive without a reservation.

Submit a group tour reservation request

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.

Prospective Student Tours

Harvard College Admissions Information Session & Tour

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.

Graduate Admissions Tours

Many of Harvard's graduate and professional schools have tours of their individual campuses. The following Schools have tours for visitors: