What's New in the Tower
July—Welcome summer visitors! We know that many Cornell and Ithaca visitors enjoy climbing McGraw Tower to take in the views and enjoy a chimes concert, and you are welcome to do this during any of our chimes concerts. However, because it is summer, many of our student staff are away from campus. As a result, we have a limited number of concerts offered each week. We encourage you to check our online calendar for upcoming concerts - and check it often - visitors may climb the tower even during weekend wedding concerts.
We also strongly encourage you to consider attending one of our Sunday evening sunset concerts, where you'll be rewarded not only to a special themed-concert, but a perfectly timed view of the sunset over Cayuga Lake. We look forward to seeing you at the top of the tower!
The Cornell Chimes are the university's oldest musical tradition, and one of the most frequently played set of bells on any American college campus. Housed in historic McGraw Tower, the 21-bells are played primarily by student chimesmasters.
All concerts are open to the public—you simply have to climb the tower's 161 steps. The door to the tower opens five to ten minutes before a scheduled concert and closes before concert's end. Your stair-climbing efforts will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Cornell and the surrounding community, and a musical performance like you've never seen before.
The Cornell Chimesmasters perform a regular program of three concerts daily while classes are in session and a modified schedule during exams and breaks. Please check the concert schedule for complete concert and special event information.