Cambridge, home of Harvard and MIT

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Cambridge, home of Harvard and MIT

The legendary universities of Cambridge, just across the Charles River, are an intrinsic part of Boston's identity and prestige.

Head north to the internationally renowned campus of Harvard, the oldest university in the United States, designed on the English model and prefaced by the famous Harvard Yard. Some of the Yard's architectural treasures date back to the 17th century. Holden Chapel, the Widener Library, Matthews Hall, University Hall, the J. Harvard statue—the look and feel is right out of Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

For contrast, move on to the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, a concrete vessel on stilts designed by Le Corbusier. And don't forget to take in the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which has its own share of modern and contemporary architectural marvels, including buildings by Frank Gehry, Alvar Aalto, and IM Pei. Located in one of Pei's buildings, the List Visual Arts Center contains stunning works by Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, and Anish Kapoor, among many others.

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

+1 617 495 1000

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

+1 617 253 1000