What's New in the Tower
Summer—Now is a wonderful time to visit the Cornell Chimes to enjoy a concert, and take in the scenic views of campus and the surrounding hills. Visitors are welcome to climb McGraw Tower during any of our posted concerts. The schedule is infrequent as most of our chimesmasters are away from campus, so please check our online calendar for the latest concert listings.
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.