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Best Things To Do in Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, which sits just across the Charles River from Boston, has its own identity and charms entirely separate from the "Hub." From the world-renowned Harvard University to the city's many unique "squares," Cambridge offers plenty to see and do. Whether you're interested in history, architecture, art or just want to experience the city's wealth of fantastic restaurants and clubs, Cambridge delivers.

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Updated November 15, 2017

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    Iconic Harvard Square, a bustling epicenter of Cambridge, is packed with quirky boutiques, bookstores, restaurants, cafes, bars, buskers and, of course, students from Harvard University, which borders one side of the square. No matter the time of day or night, there is always a lively atmosphere. Simply wandering around people-watching

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    Harvard University
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    One of the world's most famous universities,Harvardhas been educating students since the 17th century. It was named for John Harvard, a clergyman who died in 1638 and left the college his library and half of his estate. Visitors can walk the grounds to take in the gorgeous buildings, which span

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History
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    #3 in Cambridge, MA
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    The world-famous Blaschka Glass Flowers receive a lot of attention at this museum – and rightly so – but there are a lot of other must-see exhibits at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (which also contains specimens from the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria and the

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    #4 in Cambridge, MA
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    Founded in 1861, MIT's emphasis on science and technology is clearly seen in its amazing architecture and sculptures. Take a guided or self-guided tour around the campus to see works by Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder and buildings designed by I.M. Pei and other award-winning architects. Highlights include the domed

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    Harvard Art Museums
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    The Harvard Art Museums are the combination of the formerly separate Busch-Reisinger, Fogg and Arthur M. Sackler museums, making it quite an "eclectic" experience, according to past visitors who say it's definitely worth a visit.

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    MIT Museum
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    For anyone curious about what the creative minds atMITare up to, the MIT Museum is a great place to explore. The museum displays objects from its own fascinating collection and features rotating exhibitions on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or so-called "STEAM"- based topics. In the "Robots

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    Mount Auburn Cemetery
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    This beautiful and peaceful 175-acre cemetery was the country's first "garden cemetery" when it opened in 1831 and it's filled with artwork, sculptures and gorgeous landscaping. What's more, it's a National Historic Landmark. Famous names buried here include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mary Baker Eddy, Winslow Homer, Amy Lowell, Isabella Stewart

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    Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters
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    #8 in Cambridge, MA
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    This house has witnessed a lot of history. Not only did it serve as General George Washington's headquarters during the Siege of Boston (considered the beginning stages of the Revolutionary War), it was also the home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. One of a number of original Tory Row homes

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
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    This museum focuses on Native American and Central and South American cultures. Its collection includes more than 5,000 ancient Peruvian textiles and the largest surviving assemblage of artifacts acquired from Native American people during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Overall, the museum, which was founded in 1866, houses more than

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    Harvard Semitic Museum
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    Something of a hidden gem, the Harvard Semitic Museum, founded in 1889, boasts more than 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts, mostly from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Tunisia. Highlights include pottery, cylinder seals, sculptures, coins and cuneiform tablets. The museum rotates items in its collection in temporary exhibits, but recent examples

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