Most tourists want to see the main campus of the nation's oldest university (Harvard is actually spread over several locations). Aside from that, this is also home to many outstanding churches and interesting buildings. Harvard's excellent museums are also located here.
I finally got over to see and explore Harvard Square. What a neat place! It's like a little city within a city. Another world! There are many restaurants, theaters and shops beside the famous Harvard University. Here's a picture of the main building to Harvard University. I'm going back again to explore some more during my lunch break. Such fun!!
Always something going on. A musician playing on the square ... outdoor cafe ... and a great place to 'people watch'.
Most tourists who visit Cambridge head straight to Harvard Square and never get a taste of the 'real' Cambridge. Once the center of the modest, working class neighborhoods that surrounded it, Central Square has become somewhat gentrified in recent years due to very high real estate prices, and constant pressure to 'clean up'. Thus, the seedy bars that once lined Mass Ave are gone, and chains like the Gap and Starbucks have moved in.
Central Square is resiliant, however and still has not lost its essential character. It is very diverse, filled with people who have immigrated from all corners of the world, rich and poor, young and old, everyone blends in here fine. There are many ethnic restaurants, from Irish to Eritrean, there are shops selling goods from around the world, clubs were young people congregate to listen to music and a senior citizen center, luxury apartments and the YMCA. The mix is wonderful and it works.
Harvard University is the oldest college in the USA. The campus is attractive, with tree-filled yards and old brick buildings. There are some hideous Harvard buildings though, including the high-rise monstrosities designed by the Spanish architect Sert. Those of us who are permanent residents of this city often have a love-hate relationship with Harvard. Without the universities, Cambridge would be without its international, exiting atmosphere, but the colleges in this town are major developers and sometimes the development is not sensitive to the needs of those who make our homes here.
SHOPPING (NEWSPAPERS, ETC.) OUT OF TOWN NEWS (Harvard Square near the Subway entrance) This News Kiosk sells newspapers from many International and US cities. There is also a huge collection of magazines, including international magazines. If you are longing for news from home, you may be able to find it here.
TAKE A WALK ALONG THE RIVER. The Charles is very pretty, especially close to Harvard Square, where it is spanned by several bridges. There are footpaths and bikepaths along the river, and on Sundays the road which runs along beside it is closed to traffic and is filled with bikers, rollerbladers and walkers.
THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY is also in Cambridge.
I think this unusual building is part of the M.I.T. campus, and is called the "Stata Center." I have no idea what that means.
Harvard yard has been around for over 200 years. It's a nice walk to stroll through the yard and look at the old buildings that so many great men and women have learned and taught.
MIT is the other famous college. Its campus is much more modern, being a testament to its more down to earth and dynamic attitude.
This is a great museum which offers a collection of bones or prehistoric and modern animals, including a huge whale hanging from the ceiling.
One of the famous Engineering University in the world.... For those who are driving, it is hard to get a parking space around the area.... most are reserved parking...
This is not the only stained glass at Memorial Hall; there's also a beautiful rose window which is dedicated to the Soldiers of the Union Army.
This is the bubble machine on the main campus between the Mathematics & Physics Departments. If you watch it too long it can become fascinating ... hypnotic!
Go see Harvard University. This is a picture of Baker Library at Harvard's Business School campus, just across the Charles River.