Visit Harvard

Welcome to the Harvard University Visitor Center

Harvard University established the Visitor Center in 1962 as the front door to the university, where Harvard students greet visitors from all over the world, provide Harvard’s Official Historical Tour, and answer general information questions about the campus.

Campus Tours

Official Historical Tour of Harvard

These tours begin at 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. Tours are capped at 35 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. No exceptions can be made.
See tour calendar for details

Western Ave. Arts Walk

The Western Ave. Arts Walk is a project chronicling public art along the Western Ave. corridor in Allston, and includes both permanent and temporary works of art on view at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Ed Portal, as well as works affiliated with Zone 3. Student-guided walking tours take approximately one hour. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
See tour calendar for details

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Harvard

If you are interested in touring the campus on your own, you may want a self-guided walking tour. Tour pamphlets—offered in nine different languages—and campus maps can be purchased from our office for a minimal charge.

Tour Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Visitor Guidelines

Hours & Location

Hours of operation

Monday–Saturday: 9:00am–5:00pm
Sunday: Closed
We are closed for certain holidays, which are noted on the calendar.


Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138