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Parking & Maps

Parking is very limited in the vicinity of Harvard Square. We strongly recommend the use of public transportation. The MBTA Red Line T, with parking available at Braintree and Alewife, stops at Harvard Square. See directions from the T Stop to the Science Center.

 

Science Center

The Science Center is located at 1 Oxford Street in Cambridge. There is NO PARKING at the Science Center. For those traveling to the Science Center by car, there is paid public parking in Harvard Square.

 

Paid Parking

Harvard Square Parking Garage
65 JFK Street (at Eliot St.)
617-354-4168
 
Charles Square Garage
(beneath the Charles Hotel)
One Bennett Street
617-491-0298
 
Propark Church Street Lot
41 Church Street
617-661-5614
 
University Place Garage
124 Mt. Auburn Street (at University Road)
617-491-0801

 

Accessible Parking

There is no accessible parking at the Science Center itself. Patrons may be dropped off on the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets. We encourage patrons to contact the above paid public parking spaces for further accessible information.

 

Directions

 

Public Transportation:

The management of the Science Center, in keeping with state and local government and University efforts to reduce traffic congestion, urges patrons to use public transportation when attending events in the Harvard Square area. The Harvard Square stop on the Red Line of the MBTA subway system is a five minute walk from the Science Center and is well-lit.
 

  • From South of Boston: Drive to Braintree MBTA station parking garage (Braintree exit 17 off of Route 3 coming from Cape Cod or the South Shore). Take the Red Line in the direction of Alewife to "Harvard". Allow approximately 45 minutes for the subway portion of the trip.
     
  • From North of Boston: Drive to the Alewife MBTA station parking garage. Take the Red Line. Get off at the third stop; "Harvard". Allow fifteen minutes for subway portion of the trip.
     
  • From West of Boston: Drive to Riverside MBTA station in Newton, the western terminus of one branch of the Green Line (Exit 22A from Route 128), where there is an open-air parking lot. Take the Green Line to the "Park Street" stop. Go downstairs, following signs marked "Red Line to Alewife". Take train in the direction of Alewife four stops to "Harvard". Allow 45 minutes for subway portion of the trip.

 

Driving from South of Boston:

  • Take I-93 North to exit 26 (Cambridge/Storrow Drive*).
  • Keep left at end of ramp and take underpass to Storrow Drive*
  • Continue on Storrow Drive* approximately 4 miles to Cambridge/Allston.
  • Take the Harvard Square exit.
  • Turn right at end of ramp onto John F.Kennedy Street.
  • Harvard Square is approximately 1/2 mile straight ahead.
     

Driving from North of Boston:

  • Take I-93 South to exit 26 (Storrow Drive*/North Station).
  • Keep left at end of ramp and take underpass to Storrow Drive*.
  • Continue on Storrow Drive* approximately 4 miles to Cambridge/Allston.
  • Take the Harvard Square exit.
  • Turn right at end of ramp onto John F. Kennedy Street.
  • Harvard Square is approximately 1/2 mile straight ahead.
     

Driving from West of Boston:

  • Take I-90 East (Mass Turnpike) to exit exit 18 (Cambridge/Allston)
  • Bear right after toll booth at end of exit ramp.
  • Turn left after lights (before the bridge) onto Storrow Drive*.
  • Take Cambridge/Allston exit (1/2 mile ahead) and turn right at end of ramp onto John F. Kennedy Street.
  • Harvard Square is approximately 1/2 mile straight ahead.
     

From the Heart of Harvard Square:

  • At Massachusetts Ave., enter Harvard Yard surrounded by a brick wall.
  • Follow the pedestrian paths to the the eastern side of Harvard Yard.
  • The Science Center Plaza is immediately outside the gates.
  • In front of the Science Center Plaza is the Science Center.
  • The Science Center Plaza is closed off to vehicles, but Oxford Street is to the right.
  • For those traveling by car, you can drop patrons off on Oxford Street.
  • Enter the Science Center and proceed to the appropriate Lecture Hall: B, C, D. E.
     
*Storrow Drive is inaccessible to trucks or buses. Please call either 617. 496.4595 or 617.495.5595 for alternate directions.

 

The President and Fellows of Harvard College assume no responsibility for damages to any vehicle or contents by reason of fire, theft, vandalism, or any other cause.

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