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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Cambridge City Hall

The City of Cambridge is located in eastern Massachusetts across the Charles River from Boston. It is the fourth largest city in the state and the county seat for Middlesex County, one of two county seat cities for the county.

Cambridge was founded in 1630 by the original Puritan colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The site was selected because it was more easily defended being up river from the Boston Harbor. At the time of first settlement it was called Newe Towne. While it was incorporated in 1636, it was not until 1638 that its name was changed to Cambridge.

Harvard University, the nation’s oldest college or university, was also founded the same year as Cambridge was incorporated (1636) as a school to teach ministers.

Cambridge Today

Today, Cambridge has grown into a vibrant city with two world renown colleges, the previously mentioned Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that came to make Cambridge its home in 1912 when it moved from Boston where it had been founded in 1861. While providing easy access to all of the attractions of nearby Boston, Cambridge offers many wonderful attractions of its own, including:

  • Arts attractions such as:
    • The American Repertory Theater (ART) who provide performances at both their Loeb Drama Center near Harvard Square and Oberon at the intersection of Arrow Street and Massachusetts Avenue.
    • The Central Square Theater which is home to two theater companies – the Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater.
    • Club Passim, a premier venue for folk and acoustic artists in Harvard Square.
  • Many venues for live jazz including the Regattabar at The Charles Hotel, Ryles Jazz Club, and Scullers Jazz Club.
  • Historical attractions such as the Longfellow National Historic Site, which in addition to being George Washington’s headquarters in 1775 and 1776, was also home to the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from 1837 to 1882.
  • Harvard Square, a collection of shopping, interesting eateries, and clubs. Harvard square is just one of six “squares” in Cambridge, also including Central Square, Inman Square, Kendall Square, Lechmere Square, and Porter Square. In Cambridge, commercial districts at major street intersections are known as squares.

Things to See and Do in Cambridge

Museums

Museums

Harvard Art Museums
The Harvard Art Museums unites the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums under a single roof. The museum will open on November 16, 2014.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the public face of three of Harvard’s research museums:

The museum is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM except major holidays.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA
Phone: 617-495-3045

Longfellow National Historic Site
The Longfellow National Historic Site preserves the home of 19th century poet Henry W. Longfellow. The house also acted as General George Washington’s headquarters during the Siege of Boston (July 1775 to April 1776). The house is open in season from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Longfellow National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617)876-4491

MIT List Visual Arts Center
The MIT List Visual Arts Center is the contemporary art museum and visual art lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 PM and Thursday from noon to 8 PM.

MIT List Visual Arts Center
20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15
Atrium level
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-253-4680

MIT Museum
The MIT Museum showcases the world of MIT with interactive exhibitions, public programs, and their renown collections. The museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM except for major holidays. They extend their hours on Thursdays in July and August closing at 7 PM.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Museum
Building N51
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-253-592

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University is one of the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world extensive collections of human cultural history – among the best anywhere. The museum is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM except major holidays.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Harvard University
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, Mass. 02138
Phone: 617-496-1027

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Cambridge Weather

The weather in Cambridge is pretty much the same as it is in Boston. Winters are cold with frequent snow. Summers are warm and often humid.

Current Cambridge Weather

Chance of Rain
Saturday 02/25/2017 40%
Chance of Rain
Areas of dense morning fog. Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers this afternoon. High 64F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 02/26/2017 0%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy and windy. High 44F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.
Clear
Monday 02/27/2017 0%
Clear
Plentiful sunshine. High near 55F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 02/28/2017 30%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy skies with a few showers later in the day. High 48F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Rain
Wednesday 03/01/2017 80%
Rain
Occasional rain. High 54F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

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