What's New in the Tower
May—The campus will be in study and final exam period from May 12-24. During this time we'll be performing a reduced concert schedule. In addition, due to repairs, some concerts will be cancelled and some will be held, but visitors will not be permitted from Monday, May 16 - Friday, May 20. Please check our online concert schedule for complete details.
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.