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Sightseeing and landmarks in Cambridge

Art museums

Art Museum
“The Harvard Art Museum is not the size of the Museum of Fine Arts or Gardner Museum in Boston (both of which are amazing), but has a very impressive collection, is housed in a gorgeous, recently gut-renovated building, and is large enough that you undoubtedly will be unable to see the whole thing in one visit. There is also currently (through July 28) a special exhibit called The Bauhaus and Harvard that is quite good and showcases the University’s Bauhaus collection, which is the largest in the world outside of Germany.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Basement exhibition of paintings & sculptures that do not conform to conventional aesthetics.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Not sure how to get invited in. Looks really neat from the outside and is a spot on Atlas Obscura.”
  • 1 local recommends
Art Museum
“This little museum is dedicated to the city, and offers a rotating display of objects and cultural artifacts. During Somerville Open Studios it transforms into an art gallery showcasing prize winning work by local artists. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Harvard's great collection of art on display; building designed by renowned British architect James Stirling ”
  • 1 local recommends

History museums

Science Museum
“Wonderful intimate museum with a hand-pulled glass botany exhibit that will blow your mind, minerals exhibited in beautiful wood and glass display cases, a variety of dinosaur, bird and animal exhibits. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
History Museum
“Take time to enjoy the displays of this amazing institution - the Glass Flowers, the mineral room, the preserved animals from every continent, artifacts from indigenous peoples, so many things are housed here. It's a large museum, with a small, often old-fashioned feel. It is a gem of a museum. ”
  • 12 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Viewpoint
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

Park
“Boston Common/Public Garden was created in 1634 and has 80 species of plant. There are places for lunch, picnic and beautiful sight seeing.”
  • 228 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“Rub the left foot of John Harvard and you will have good fortune or something like that. After you visit the statue let me know so I can ask you a very important fact about it.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A historic site located at 105 Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For almost fifty years, it was the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It had previously served as the headquarters of General George Washington, 1775-76. Near Harvard Square.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Historic Site
  • 4 locals recommend
Historic Site
“It's a great view over the city of Boston. You can see the Prudential and Hancock Towers and it's a lovely little park”
  • 3 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Widely believed that one of the first US flags was raised here by George Washington on New Year's Day, 1776. Fabulous view of Boston, great place to picnic.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This is where you will need to go to PICK UP THE KEYS. Go upstairs and ask the receptionist for the package from Sarah Valelly which will have your name on it ”
  • 1 local recommends

Libraries

Library
“A must check out Library. Its our pride. Take your laptop and spend a few hours working from here. You will be refreshed. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
College Library
“Great place to start your Harvard University tour. This is the main library with iconic views of Harvard Yard. This is where commencement takes place as well as other big events throughout the school year.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“A great local secret! There is a branch library right around the corner a few blocks from our location. Do check out the Cambridge Collins Branch Library on Aberdeen Ave. Then hop onto the NO 72 electric trolley bus for a direct ride to Harvard Square for more bookstores and the main Cambridge Library!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“About 1 block away. They have a kids area upstairs with a few toys and lots of books. On Tuesdays at 11:00am they have a Toddler Storytime. On Thursdays at 11:30, they have a sing along for the children. Our son loves it.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Library
“The center used to be two mansions on Marlborough at Berkley. Worth a visit, especially if you speak French. It's an easy walk 21 minutes or 1 mile from your front door.”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Free wifi for anyone. I am a member so I can help you get discounted museum passes if interested. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
  • 1 local recommends