What's New in the Tower

June—Summer is a beautiful time to visit McGraw Tower to enjoy a chimes concert and view the lush scenery of campus and the surrounding hillsides. With many of our student chimesmasters away from campus for the semester break, concerts will be infrequent. Please check the schedule often for additional 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— simply climb the tower's 161 steps. The door to the tower opens five minutes before the 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 chimesmasters play three concerts daily while classes are in session and perform a modified schedule during exams and breaks. Check the concert schedule for complete concert and special event information.