Historic Tours of MIT
A Student-Led Campus Tour of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the General Public
- 1 Hr 10 Min
- 7 Days a Week
- Show mobile or printed ticket
- Meet Up At Location
- Tour in English; Written Translations Available
Trademark Tours’ Historic Tour of MIT is hosted by charismatic MIT students and is the perfect way for tourists to experience MIT! The research and innovation that happens at MIT has a profound and direct impact on lives around the globe. Our tour highlights these stories and brings history alive on one of the most interesting campuses in the world.
- June, July, August Tour Times: 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and more! View our full calendar
- May, September, October Tour Times: 11:30, 12:30
- November - March Tour Times: 12:30 only
- MIT student guide greets your group at the tour start
- Free Map of Cambridge and Boston
- Written Language Translations available in Spanish & Mandarin
- Tour ends at the MIT COOP - the best place for souvenirs plus get 10% off MIT merchandise when you take the tour!
- Guide Tip
- Transportation to and from starting location
- Add a Harvard Square Lunch Voucher for flexible dining!
What To Expect
Tour of MIT will include three main themes:
- MIT History: From its roots in Boston to its staggering growth today.
- MITCulture: MIT culture is stranger than fiction!
- Famous MIT alumni: You may not recognize their names, but you will certainly know their inventions!
Tour stops include:
- Kendall Square
- Stata Center
- Green Building
- Great Dome
- Harvar (Mass Ave) Bridge
- Lobby 7 & the Infinite Corridor
How To Get There
Our typical starting location is Kendall Square outside the Kendall/MIT Red Line Subway Station.
Look for the big orange letters "KSQ" and our manager in a straw hat.
(The closest street address is 300 Main Street, Cambridge MA 02138)
How to Book
Select Buy Tickets to select your ticket and tour time. Complete the checkout process then bring your printed or digital ticket to the tour start.
Save a Tree! Show your ticket on your mobile phone to our managers at the tour starting location!
- Please Describe Your Tour
The Hahvahd Tour is the most popular walking tour of Harvard University. Guided by current Harvard undergrads, it is a 70-minute historic tour of Harvard Yard and the surrounding neighborhood of Harvard Square. Entertaining and educational, the Hahvahd Tour is in its 11th year of operation. The Hahvahd Tour has been educating and entertaining guests since 2006. The Tour receives consistent praise from guests and major media outlets. Trip Advisor rates the tour as the number one attraction in Cambridge.
- Where does the tour start?
Our Hahvahd tour starts directly outside the main Harvard Red Line Subway Station. The closest street address is 1376 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02138. Our managers and signs are easy to spot next to the Cambridge Information Kiosk and the historic Out of Town News Kiosk.
Our Historic Tour of MIT launches outside the Kendall/MIT Red Line Subway Station in Kendall Square. The closest street address is 300 Main St. Look for the big Orange KSQ letters. For Combo tickets, transportation between tour locations is not included.
- How much does the tour cost?
Tickets booked online cost $14 per adult, $11.50 per senior or student, $11.50 per child (12 or under). If you do not reserve tickets ahead of time, tickets cost $14 per person on site.
- How do I make a reservation?
To book and print tickets online, please visit our Booking Page. From there, you can select your tour date, the amount of guests in your party, pay by credit card, and print out your tickets right at home.
- Do I have to reserve in advance?
You do not have to reserve in advance. But when you reserve online you save time on the day of the tour and you receive advance tour instructions, and gain peace of mind in your planning.
- What is included on the tour?
Our walking tour of Harvard is a 70 minute adventure led by a Harvard Student. The tour is partly-scripted to be a theatrical, entertaining performance! Tour themes include Harvard History, Insider Information & Famous Harvardians. The tour covers major Harvard landmarks including Johnston Gate, John Harvard Statue, Memorial Hall, Widener Library, Memorial Church, Harvard Lampoon, and the historic Winthrop Park.
Our Historic Tour of MIT brings the same energy and excitement of the Hahvahd Tour to one of the nations leading tech institutes. We will lead you through the main campus and highlight MIT culture and unique buildings like the Stata Center, Green Building, and the Great Dome.
- What is your relationship with Harvard or MIT?
Founded in 2006 by Harvard Alumni, we are a private company that employs over 100 Harvard and MIT students. We are an official partner of Harvard Student Agencies, The Harvard/MIT COOP, The Harvard Museum of Natural History and The Harvard Art Museums, and the MIT Museum. We provide tours for nearly every Harvard graduate school. Our founder is a Board Member with the Harvard Square Business Association and our company is a member of the Kendall Square business association as well. We are proud to serve Harvard and MIT.
- Who leads our tours?
Our tour guides are current Harvard and MIT students! When you join a Hahvahd Tour, you’re getting the inside scoop from someone who knows the ins and outs of Harvard University. When you join the Historic Tour of MIT you are getting the real deal from someone who has made MIT their home. As current students, our guides are a resource to guests who want to learn more about the Cambridge experience.
- How far will I walk on the tour?
The tour routes are each less than one mile. We walk at a leisurely pace through campus.
- Is the tour handicap accessible?
Yes, the terrain of our tour routes are handicap accessible at nearly every stop. If someone in your party has a disability, please contact us before the tour and we will do our best to serve you. We cannot provide wheelchairs on site.
- Are there places to sit on the tour?
Yes, at the halfway point, of the Hahvahd Tour the group will be given an opportunity to sit outside the doors of the famous Widener Library. At MIT you can feel free to sit on the grass of Killian Court as you listen to stories about the Great Dome.
- Are tours ever canceled due to inclement weather?
We operate rain or shine year-round. During severe thunderstorms with lightning our public walking tours do close for the safety and comfort of our guests. Don’t worry - storms never last long in New England!
- Is this a good tour for prospective students to take?
Yes, in fact, National Public Radio has called the Hahvahd Tour “the real deal” for prospective students. However, it is important to note that we are not the Harvard Admissions tour. We encourage all prospective students to visit the admissions office at some point on their visit to Harvard or MIT. While our tours are geared toward guests of all ages from across the globe, prospective students can gain a lot of insight about the Universities and their culture. Your guide will be a current student and is happy to answer your questions!
- Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes! Our tours are scripted to entertain both adults and children. AAA Magazine called us “great for families!” We strive to serve guests of all ages, and families really enjoy our friendly, interactive tour guides!
- Does the tour go inside any buildings?
The Hahvahd Tour does not tour the interior of the buildings. We show our guests all the key highlights of the Harvard campus, leaving time to absorb the rich history and lore given at each stop. Our Historic Tour of MIT is also an outdoor campus tour, though our guides will try their best to show you the inside of at least one building along the way.
- When are tours running?
- Is there parking?
In Harvard Square there is limited street parking in the area, but there are several parking garages close to our tour. Here is a link to what is available for parking garages. At MIT the closest parking is the Kendall Center Green Garage, behind the Boston Marriot Cambridge. We suggest taking public transportation if and when possible. For Combo Tickets, transportation between the tour launches is not included.
- Have your tours been reviewed?
Our tours have been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes Magazine, AAA and the History Channel. We have a Yelp page, and we are considered the #1 Tour in Cambridge according to Trip Advisor.
- Do you offer private tours?
Our parent company, Trademark Tours, deals exclusively with private group events at Harvard University, the MIT Campus, and the City of Boston. If you would like more information regarding private tours and events, please visit www.trademarktours.com
Public Tour Rates
- Adult (18+)$14.00
- Senior (60+)$11.50
- Child/Student (4/17):$11.50
- Infant (3 and under):Free