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  • 1. Harvard Art Museums

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    In late 2014, the combined collections of the Busch-Reisinger, Fogg, and Arthur M. Sackler museums were united under one glorious, mostly glass...Read More

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  • 2. Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    The Harvard Museum of Natural History (which exhibits specimens from the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Herbaria, and the...Read More

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  • 3. Harvard Square

    Harvard Square | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Tides of students, tourists, political-cause proponents, and bizarre street creatures are all part of the nonstop pedestrian flow at this most...Read More

  • 4. Brattle House

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    This 18th-century, gambrel-roof Colonial once belonged to the Loyalist William Brattle. He moved to Boston in 1774 to escape the patriots' anger...Read More

  • 5. Brattle Theatre

    Harvard Square | Arts/Performance Venue

    For the last half century, the Brattle Theatre has served as the square's independent movie house, screening indie, foreign, obscure, and classic...Read More

  • 6. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

    Harvard Square | Educational Institution

    This gravity-defying mass of concrete and glass, built in 1963, is the only building in North America designed by the French architect Le Corbusier...Read More

  • 7. Christ Church

    Harvard Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This modest yet beautiful gray clapboard structure was designed in 1761 by Peter Harrison, the first architect of note in the colonies (he designed...Read More

  • 8. Dexter Pratt House

    Harvard Square | Educational Institution

    Also known as the "Blacksmith House," this yellow Colonial is now owned by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The tree itself is long...Read More

  • 9. Elmwood

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Shortly after its construction in 1767, this three-story Georgian house was abandoned by its owner, colonial governor Thomas Oliver. Elmwood...Read More

  • 10. First Parish in Cambridge and the Old Burying Ground

    Harvard Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Next to the imposing church on the corner of Church Street and Mass Ave., a spooky-looking colonial graveyard houses 17th- and 18th-century...Read More

  • 11. Forum

    Harvard Square | Arts/Performance Venue

    The church sponsors the popular lecture series Forum on Wednesday at 7 pm September through May, featuring well-known authors and academics...Read More

  • 12. Harvard University

    Harvard Square | Educational Institution

    The tree-studded, shady, and redbrick expanse of Harvard Yard—the very center of Harvard University—has weathered the footsteps of Harvard students...Read More

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  • 13. Henry Vassall House

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Brattle Street's seven houses known as "Tory Row" were once occupied by wealthy families linked by friendship, if not blood. This one may have...Read More

  • 14. Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Now headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society, this is one of two Tory-era homes on Brattle Street fully open to the public. The Emerson...Read More

  • 15. List Visual Arts Center

    Kendall Square | Museum/Gallery

    Founded by Albert and Vera List, pioneer collectors of modern art, this MIT center has three galleries showcasing exhibitions of cutting-edge...Read More

  • 16. Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet whose stirring tales of the Village Blacksmith, Evangeline, Hiawatha, and Paul Revere's midnight ride thrilled...Read More

  • 17. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Kendall Square | Educational Institution

    Founded in 1861, MIT moved to Cambridge from Copley Square in the Back Bay in 1916. Once dissed as "the factory," particularly by its Ivy League...Read More

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  • 18. MIT Museum

    Kendall Square | Museum/Gallery

    A place where art, science, and technology meet, the MIT Museum boasts the world's largest collection of holograms, though young kids may prefer...Read More

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  • 19. Mt. Auburn Cemetery

    Harvard Square | Cemetery

    A cemetery might not strike you as a first choice for a visit, but this one is an absolute pleasure, filled with artwork and gorgeous landscaping...Read More

  • 20. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

    Harvard Square | Museum/Gallery

    With one of the world's outstanding anthropological collections, the Peabody focuses on Native American and Central and South American cultures...Read More

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