Cambridge, Massachusetts is a great city that sits right outside of Boston. Cambridge is most popular for being home to two of the best universities in the country with Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tour their beautiful campuses and explore the wonderful culture that Cambridge offers in great museums.
Cambridge is home to two of America’s most prestigious universities in Harvard and MIT and they both have stunning campuses that are very interesting to tour, so that should definitely be on your list of things to do in Cambridge. Make sure to visit the Harvard Art Museums that are located on Quincy Street. The oldest museum, which 0pened in 1896, is the Fogg Museum known for its collection of Western paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures dating from the Middle Ages to the present. The Busch-Reisinger Museum, which opened in 1903, is the only museum in the U.S. exclusively devoted to artwork from the German-speaking countries of Europe. And there is also the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, which contains great pieces of art from countries like China, Japan, and Korea. At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge’s most visited museum with nearly a quarter-million visitors each year, you can see a collection of 12,000 specimens. There are permanent exhibits and galleries filled with dinosaurs, fossils, gemstones, meteorites, and the famed Blaschka ‘Glass Flowers’.
Adjacent to the Natural History museum is the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, which is one of the world’s oldest and largest museums dedicated to anthropology, founded in 1866. The museum holds over 1.5 million objects and artifacts including a sprawling collection of photographs and maps that date back 10,000 years of history in the Americas. At the Longfellow House—Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, you can visit the home of the famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that doubled as the headquarters for General George Washington during the Revolutionary War in 1775-1776. You can catch a glimpse into the most important part of American history and the site also puts on reenactments, plays, poetry readings and other events. The Harvard Square serves as the historic downtown center of Cambridge where you can stop in many bookstores, boutiques, and coffee shops. Another great Museum to visit is the MIT Museum, which was founded in 1971 and is known for its collections related to the history of MIT, maritime history, holography, photography, robotics, and more. The museum hosts programs and events for children and adults of all ages. Another fun thing to do is to take a boat tour with the Charles Riverboat Company that has been giving visitors the best views of Cambridge from the Charles River Basin and Boston Harbor as well as the opportunity to learn about the maritime history of the area.
Cambridge has a great location not only for day trips in Massachusetts but also short, out-of-state day trip options to surrounding areas. If you’re in Cambridge, you must spend a day in Boston. It’s just a 15-minute drive from downtown Cambridge and there is an abundance of things to do as well as fantastic restaurants and bars to visit. If it’s in-season, check out a Boston Red Sox baseball game at the historic Fenway Park, one of the best ballparks in America. There are also great historical sites and museums to check out like the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Tea Part and Ships Museum, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library and the New England Holocaust Memorial. Outside of Massachusetts there are great options as well like a hour-drive north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There you can visit a charming downtown area with the Market Square city center area, take stroll in the beautiful Prescott Park, visit great museums like the Strawbery Banke Museum, a 10-acre outdoor history museum, as well as the USS Albacore Museum.
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It’s easy to get around Cambridge with its great infrastructure of tunnels and bridges and surface streets. Get around in your own vehicle, a rental car, a taxi service and also Uber drivers. Cambridge also has a great mass public transportation system with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority where there are busses and a subway system as well.
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