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- 98%History Buffs
- 77%Local Culture
- 68%Art & Design Lovers
- 59%Family Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
User Reviews (16 Reviews)
- John Harvard StatueMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Dec 31, 2013
The location is great, right in Harvard Yard. You can come here to rub the statue's toe for luck but other than that, it isn't much to see.
- John Harvard StatueOct 20, 2013
While it's generally considered to be good luck to rub the John Harvard statue's feet, it's also widely known among Harvard students that many people urinate on the statue after dusk. It's a strange tradition, but take my advice: bring some hand sanitizer with you if you touch it!
- John Harvard StatueMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersAug 30, 2012
On campus this is known as the "statue of 3 lies", since the inscription says 'John Harvard - Founder - 1638' but in fact, the man who is represented in the statue is:
1. not John Harvard
2. John Harvard was not the founder of the university
3. Harvard was founded in 1636, not 1638
You'll also notice that the statue has 1 gold toe from being rubbed by students as good luck during finals week over many many decades! It's in the middle of Harvard Yard, so you can probably only spend a few minutes waiting your turn to take a picture with the statue, but it's a worthwhile stop as you tour the Harvard grounds, which are beautiful especially in the fall!
- John Harvard StatueAug 30, 2012
It’s great to see, but I am particularly horrified as to how students worship him. His left shoe, which hangs over the pedestal that he’s sitting on, has been polished to it’s original, shiny bronze state because of all the students who step up to grab his shoe. Through extensive observation I realized that students show their appreciation and dedication to John Harvard by rubbing and meditating over his shoe. For instance, during finals season, I witnessed a student approach the statue, place her hand on his shoe, and rock back and forth, praying over John Harvard’s statue. She was in such a trance that the large, 7/11 soda she had in her hand spilled all over her dress. It was pretty wild.
- John Harvard StatueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Aug 10, 2012
There is a long running myth that if you touched the shoes of John Harvard, then you will be accepted. Many tourists come to do just that, the statue is always the most popular spot in Harvard yard and probably the most photo-ed!
- John Harvard StatueJul 05, 2012
The most popular stop in Harvard Yard...also the funniest. This statue is also known as the Statue of 3 Lies, and is a favorite prank spot for Harvard Freshmen (DON"T RUB THE FOOT). Want to know why? Take a Cambridge Historical Tour with a costumed guide and find out!Recommended for:History Buffs