Harvard Square Attractions
Discover the Best Things to In Harvard Square, Downtown Boston & Beyond
Nestled between Harvard University and the Charles River, Harvard Square Hotel has one of the most coveted addresses in Cambridge. Whether you want to explore the museums in downtown Boston, walk the historic Freedom Trail or enjoy the shops and cafes in Harvard Square, the best of the city is just moments from our doorstep.
Not sure where to start? Our friendly staff is happy to recommend the best local attractions, or you can browse a list of the area’s top destinations below.
Harvard Fogg Museum
Located a nine-minute walk from the hotel, the Fogg Museum is the oldest art museum on Harvard University’s campus. Opened in 1896, the museum features an excellent collection of Italian Renaissance paintings and Western art dating back to the Middle Ages. Works by Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh are on permanent display.
Museum of Natural History
Situated a 12-minute walk from the hotel, Harvard’s Museum of Natural History boasts an impressive collection of fossils, minerals, gems and glass models of plants. It’s also home to the only mounted Kronosaurus – a marine reptile that lived during the Early Cretaceous Period.
Considered the historic center of Cambridge, Harvard Square is a vibrant neighborhood filled with boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, theaters and street performers. Learn more about seasonal events and things to do on the Harvard Square website.
Harvard Faculty Club
Planning a special meal? The Harvard Faculty Club is a local favorite for elegant lunches, dinners and Sunday brunches. Our staff will be happy to make reservations for you and your group. Built in 1920 as a private club, this beautiful on-campus property has become a top venue for weddings, private events, meetings and conferences.
Founded by Harvard students in 1882, this impressive four-story bookstore is a must-see in Cambridge. It has all the best Harvard and MIT merchandise and is considered one of the largest campus stores in the United States. Best of all, it’s only a three-minute walk from the hotel.
Museum of Science
Located five miles from the hotel in Science Park, the Museum of Science is home to more than 700 interactive exhibits, over 100 live animals and the only domed IMAX screen in New England. Exhibits include a butterfly garden, planetarium and the world's largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, which produces artificial lightening bolts.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts houses nearly 450,000 works of art and is one of the most comprehensive art museums on earth. The museum dates back to 1876 and is visited by over a million people annually. Popular collections include ancient musical instruments, antique jewelry and early black-and-white photographs.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Located a 12-minute drive from the hotel, the Isabella Gardner Museum houses an impressive art collection with culturally significant pieces from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world, France and America. In addition to displaying artwork, the museum hosts concerts, lectures and community programs.
Located a 15-minute drive from the hotel, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a charming shopping and dining area next to the waterfront in Boston. Dating back to the 1700s, Faneuil hosts dozens of local festivals and events throughout the year, including a Halloween Pet Parade and Summer Concert Series.
Dating back to 1634, Boston Common is the oldest park in the United States. Over the years it has served as a field for grazing livestock and a venue for public hangings. Today, the 50-acre park is home to softball fields, monuments, a bandstand and a pond that’s used for ice-skating in the winter.
Visit one of downtown Boston’s most famous shopping and dining strips. Newbury Street is home to salons, art galleries, bars and fabulous restaurants – all housed within eight blocks of quaint 19th century buildings. This waterfront neighborhood is only a nine-minute drive from Harvard Square Hotel.
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