John Harvard Statue
The focal point of Harvard Yard is the John Harvard statue, where every Harvard hopeful has a photo taken Daniel Chester French’s...
Flanking Johnston Gate are the two oldest buildings on the Harvard campus. On the north side is Harvard Hall, which dates to 1766 and...
Flanking Johnston Gate are the two oldest buildings on the Harvard campus. South of the gate, Massachusetts Hall houses the offices of...
Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque
Five nights a week, the Cinematheque presents retrospectives of distinguished actors, screenings of rare films, thematic groupings and...
Mr Bartley's Burger Cottage
Packed with small tables and hungry college students, this burger joint has been a Harvard Sq institution for more than 50 years....
Massachusetts Ave · interesting places nearby
Harvard University information
Founded in 1636 to educate men for the ministry, Harvard is America’s oldest college. The original Ivy League school has eight graduates who went on to be US presidents, not to mention dozens of Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. It educates 6500 undergraduates and about 12,000 graduates yearly in 10 professional schools. The geographic heart of Harvard University – where red-brick buildings and leaf-covered paths exude academia – is Harvard Yard.
Flanking Johnston Gate are the two oldest buildings on campus. South of the gate, Massachusetts Hall houses the offices of the President of the University. Dating to 1720, it is the oldest building at Harvard and the oldest academic building in the country. North is Harvard Hall , which dates to 1766 and originally housed the library.
The focal point of the yard is the John Harvard statue, where every Harvard hopeful has a photo taken (and touches the statue’s shiny shoe for good luck). Daniel Chester French’s sculpture, inscribed 'John Harvard, Founder of Harvard College, 1638,' is known as the statue of three lies: it does not actually depict Harvard (since no image of him exists), but a random student; John Harvard was not the founder of the college, but its first benefactor in 1638; and the college was actually founded two years earlier in 1636. The Harvard symbol hardly lives up to the university’s motto, Veritas, or ‘truth.’