Historical Tours

Throughout the school year, Crimson Key Society members give three historical tours daily, six days of the week. These tour guides are selected for their enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for Harvard history. As student ambassadors, members lead Harvard University’s official historical walking tours. CKS tours are free of charge and offered to the general public through the Harvard Information Center.

During the hour-long tour, students usher groups around Harvard Yard, discussing key historical points, telling anecdotes, and answering questions, all while weaving in their own personal experience. These tours cover the range and change of Harvard’s history, and will hopefully inspire visitors to see the arc of Harvard’s history from the past to the present and into the future.

Tours for the general public depart from the Smith Campus Center at 1350 Massachusetts Avenue. Tour schedules vary throughout the year; in order to find the current schedule, click here.

Personal and Group Tours

If you are an alum, visiting dignitary, professor on sabbatical, school group, or other group interested in learning more about Harvard, we also offer personalized tours through our partnered organizations: the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard Marshal’s Office, and CS50.

If you’d like to connect about a tour of this type reach out to us at [email protected].